Programs & Projects

MDRP's mandate was to support national governments in the greater Great Lakes region that formulated and implemented a national demobilization and reintegration program. Once a government request for assistance was accepted, national authorities and stakeholders prepared a national program, with the support and supervision of interested donor and agency partners. In some cases where national authorities lacked capacity, special projects were carried out in lieu of national programs.

MDRP reached close to 300,000 ex-combattants over its seven years of implementation. Considering the harsh environment and difficult implementation conditions in which it operated, this is a remarkable achievement.

 

The actual composition of a national demobilization and reintegration program varied depending upon the background of the conflict in question, socioeconomic profile of ex-combatants and conditions on the ground. Generally, a national program included the following components:

    • demobilization      • reinsertion       • reintegration
    • support to special groups     • implementation arrangements

HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation measures were also often included during both the demobilization and reintegration phases. National programs also addressed the cross-cutting needs of specific groups such as women and the disabled.

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