Support to the Sudan Integrated Mine Action Service (SIMAS) Capacity Building
This project constitutes a Phase II to the previous project, ADC contract no. 2442-01/2007 (Dec '06 - Nov '07).
The Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) continues to implement a capacity building project with the South Sudanese partner NGO, the Sudan Integrated Mine Action Service (SIMAS). The
project consists of the provision of international technical and management capacity
building advisers, technical and support equipment, vehicles and facilities as well as
mine action expertise and credentials in order for SIMAS to gain full operational
accreditation for mine and UXO clearance operations in South Sudan.
The project plan is designed to provide SIMAS with the administrative, logistic and
technical expertise to manage and conduct mine clearance operations. The plan aims
at providing the South Sudan Demining Commission (SSDC) with the first fully
equipped, technically proficient and operationally accredited national mine clearance
NGO in South Sudan, capable of conducting operations in communities where the
impact of mines or UXO is high, or in contaminated areas of high national importance.
The current project is funded by the Swiss and Austrian Governments. The total project budget is USD 363.939. The Austrian contribution covers the equivalent of USD 63.939, i.e. 44.000 EUR (according to the exchange rate at the time of compiling the project agreement, Feb. 2008).