Danish Demining Group launches new Impact Monitoring Manual
On December 3rd Danish Demining Group (DDG) launched a new Impact Monitoring Manual. The manual guides the work of DDG staff involved in monitoring the effect of DDG’s Mine Action and Armed Violence Reduction programs.
“Understanding and being able to document the changes we contribute to in the communities we work remains a priority for DDG. We want our operations to improve the social and economic situation of vulnerable families, as well as their safety. Focusing on the impact of our operations is central to ensuring the positive effect of our work. That is why we keep investing in our impact monitoring system.” says Head of DDG, Rasmus Stuhr Jakobsen.
DDG has been conducting impact monitoring since 2008 and the new manual builds on the practical experience from the last five years of implementing impact monitoring in DDG programs.
“It takes time to develop and adapt an internal impact monitoring system to reality on the ground and the complex conflict settings we operate in. However, it can be done and we have seen in many of the places we operate that through impact monitoring data collection we can improve the effect of our work with simple means.” says DDG Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser Mikkel Nedergaard.
In a village in Bagram, Afghanistan, impact monitoring data showed that not all the land that had been cleared of mines by DDG was being used by the local population. Lack of water for irrigation was found to be the reason why the land was not brought into use after the mines were taken out of the ground. By installing a deep-well DDG enabled the local families to grow wheat and release the full potential of the land cleared of mines.
The manual is developed for DDG staff with different levels of experience with monitoring and evaluation.
Download the manual (PDF 4.4MB)
Parts of the content is unique to DDG procedures and systems, but we hope that it can be of general interest and inspiration to practitioners.
Find more information on DDG’s impact monitoring system