By Sgt. Kerensa Hardy
First published in
SFOR Informer#112, May 3, 2001
Camp Butmir - A fairly new tool is in place that
charts the collective efforts of international community, including
SFOR, to reach the desired end state determined by the General
Framework Agreement for Peace.
The end state is a self-sustaining and stable environment.
The Multi-Year Road Map is a graphic representation that displays
and tracks each organisation's progress in attaining their respective
goals. The MYRM is a comprehensive tool that lists approximately
500 different tasks and 150 bulleted points.
"There are about 10 categories from economy and government
to rules of law and military professionalism," said German
Army Maj. Jörg Friedrich, J5 Plans and Policy officer. The
plan is to get the MYRM balanced and synchronised with the international
civilian organisations in BiH.
"It started as a plan to put on paper what all the multinational
organisations have depicted as goals, from there it was determined
what SFOR would have to do to achieve these goals," said
Norwegian Army Maj. Frode Paulsen, Plans and Policy officer. "It
is written out in stages of what has to be done to achieve the
(desired) end state in this country to bring them up to western
The starting point of the MYRM is the current conditions and the
GFAP. The map is described not as a programme, but "very
much a living document." It is updated on a regular basis
and will reflect all changes or progress made in any category.
"We established working groups built with the intent to work
on the small items, part by part, and agree on the responsibility
for a special project and see how progress can be reached,"
Planning began in July 2000 to get this idea under way. However,
it was in February 2001 that the principals of the international
organisations (OSCE, OHR, IPTF, UNHCR, UNMIBH and SFOR) agreed
to use it as a planning tool for the future.
"This was the right time for the international organisations
and the military to gather and
(come up with a) description
of what we have to do to get this country back on its feet again,"
Another element the MYRM shows is the link between all the "players"
involved. "The good thing about the Multi-Year Road Map is
that you can see the interrelations," Paulsen said. "It
started as an internal headquarters project and now has been adopted
by all the international organisations. It is used as a co-ordination
tool for the international community. The plan is to sell it down
to the municipal level."
The chart highlights the significant relationship and co-operation
between all parties involved. It also shows the importance of
developing the links between key participants and brings general
and military goals and perspectives together.
"The good thing about it is that it's not time driven, it's
event driven, depending on the progress," Paulsen said. This
reduces some of the stress related with working under time constraints.
To simplify the MYRM and make sure it is understood, two brochures
were produced. One brochure is for the civilian community and
the other is for the SFOR community, multinational divisions and
"It is shaped for their purposes to inform them how we try
to plan our future on teamwork with the international organisations,"
Friedrich said. There is also an 80-page booklet that explains
the terms used on the MYRM.
"I think the important thing is that each member of SFOR
should know what the Multi-Year Road Map is and provide his own
position and role," he added.
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