Provision of Service Support for The Development Initiative in Abyei, Sudan
Scope of TDI’s mine clearance operations in Sudan
The United Nations Interim Security Force (UNISFA) was established in June 2011 to provide security within the disputed region of Abyei, Sudan, pending a referendum which would decide the final status of the area. This was further expanded to include the provision of support to the Joint Border Verification Monitoring Mission (JBVMM) whose objective is to patrol the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone, a 10km wide strip both north and south of the new international border between Sudan and South Sudan. In 2015, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) selected The Development Initiative (TDI) to support both UNISFA and the JBVMM with the 4 Integrated Clearance Teams (ICT) with two mechanical clearance elements, with the ability to rapidly deploy anywhere along the Sudan/South Sudan border and safe demilitarized border zone.
GCS Track record in Sudan
For this project, TDI have sub-contracted Global Clearance Solutions (GCS) to provide the delivery of equipment, spare parts, logistics support, and provision of 2 Field Technicians (FT), 2 Mechanical Demining Operators and one relief FT/Mechanic. GCS provided highly qualified and experienced mechanical teams responsible for operating, servicing, repairing, and maintaining the mechanical systems as well as providing technical advice on their operational use.
TDI Mission Success and GCS contract renewal
Thanks to GCS support, TDI was able to complete their clearance missions successfully in support of UNISFA and JBVMM in the harshest conditions. This successful cooperation led to a contract extension for GCS in 2016 to 2017.