National ownership: The MDRP promotes country ownership
and leadership of national programs.
Confidence-building: The MDRP encourages transparency of DDR
efforts in the region, helping to ensure that external monitoring and
evaluation takes place across borders.
Harmonization of Demobilization and Reintegration (D&R) activities:
The MDRP encourages collaboration among key actors in order to harmonize
approaches across national programs and special projects. However, each
activity is designed and implemented to address the particular local
needs and contexts.
Knowledge sharing: The MDRP encourages knowledge sharing and
training across national programs and special projects.
Optimization of external assistance: The MDRP seeks to ensure
consistency of approaches irrespective of the source of funding.
Coordination with reconstruction efforts: The regional approach
seeks to optimize linkages between reintegration activities for ex-combatants
and related community recovery and refugee reintegration activities.
Special target groups: The needs of women, disabled, child ex-combatants
and other vulnerable groups are taken into account in the design of
national programs. If and when necessary, the identification of third
countries of return will be undertaken with the explicit support of
the receiving countries' governments and relevant local administrations
Special projects: The MDRP facilitates the provision of
assistance in areas not controlled by national authorities, consulting
these authorities prior to the initiation of any such activities. Assistance
for D&R activities is also provided in the absence of a fully-formulated
national program, with the understanding that these activities would
be integrated into the national program once ready.
Transparency: The MDRP requires a high level of transparency
in the financial and procurement management systems of national programs
and special projects.
Flexibility: The MDRP maintains a high degree of flexibility
to respond to emerging needs in a timely manner.