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Multi-Year Road Map tracks SFOR progress

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 standards."
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," Friedrich said.
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," Paulsen said.
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 staff officers.
"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.

Related link: SFOR at Work