Landmines: Major Public-Private Partnerships

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
April 24, 2013

Persistent landmines infest over 60 countries around the world. Civilians in many of these countries as well as some countries not affected by landmines are also threatened by other explosive remnants of war, abandoned ordnance caches, poorly secured munitions stockpiles, and small arms/light weapons such as machine guns, light mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). To reinforce official U.S. Government efforts to help make the world safe from all of these threats, the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs encourages non-governmental organizations, civic associations, philanthropic foundations, educational institutions and corporations to lend their creativity, energy and talents to this worthy objective.

The following organizations are working in partnership with the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement to alleviate the harmful impact of persistent landmines, unexploded and abandoned ordnance, and small arms/light weapons.


  • The Association of Volunteers in International Service (AVSI) is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in Italy in 1972. AVSI’s mission is to support human development in developing countries with special attention to education and the promotion of human values. AVSI carries out its mission through the implementation of medium and long-term emergency relief operations in partnership with local associations, institutions, governments, and international organizations. AVSI is currently operating in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, with projects benefiting approximately 90,000 people. For more information on AVSI, please visit or contact Jackie Aldrette at

  • CALM (Coalition Against Landmines), is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to serve child landmine survivors and to promote awareness, education and rehabilitation. CALM focuses on facilitating vital rehabilitation services and education to child landmine survivors and also works to raise public mine awareness, particularly of the young people in the United States. To learn more, please visit or e-mail

  • The Center for International Rehabilitation (CIR) provides designs for low cost artificial limbs and education programs for healthcare workers in mine-affected countries. Through its Physicians Against Land Mines (PALM) program, CIR promotes mine awareness and attention to the needs of mine survivors in low-income countries and through its iCons in Medicine program, it provides free clinical consultations to healthcare workers in remote or under-served areas. For more information, visit, email, telephone.

  • The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR), which houses the Mine Action Information Center, at James Madison University, is a public-policy center that helps communities affected by conflict and trauma through innovative and reliable research, training, information exchange, and direct services. The CISR has more than 15 years’ experience supporting post-conflict UXO clearance activities, and remains a global leader in implementing custom programs in victim assistance, mine-risk education, and management training. The CISR also conducts studies and surveys, hosts conferences and symposia, publishes The Journal of ERW and Mine Action, and coordinates with global partners on post-conflict planning and programming. For more information, visit or call +1 540 568 2718.

  • The Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR) at the University of Denver in Colorado has developed a U.S. standards-based curriculum to make young people aware of the global landmine problem and increase their understanding of geography and international issues. Available to teachers at no cost, these curriculum modules are designed for upper elementary, middle and high school students. They may be downloaded from the Internet. To learn more, telephone Caroline Starbird, Director, at (303) 871-2426, fax (303) 871-2456, email or visit

  • The Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), founded in 2000, is an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental organization dedicated to the development of children and youth in Armenia. Children have been the principal victims of the misfortunes that have struck Armenia in the past two decades. COAF collaborates with various international and local agencies to alleviate the hardships endured by Armenian children and provides the basic resources to enable them to be productive and contributing members of society. COAF achieves this holistically -- by developing youth through health, educational and economic measures, reinforcing the values that have gifted these ancient peoples, empowering children with life skills to excel in their environments, and supporting humanitarian mine action initiatives that benefit children and adults alike. For more information, telephone (212) 994-8201, fax (212) 994-8299, or visit

  • Children's Surgical Centre is a non-governmental organization hospital based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. CSC’s main focus has been to provide free surgery to improve the lives of the disabled. Cambodia has tens of thousands of people who have been crippled each year as a result of trauma caused by unexploded ordnance and burns, infectious disease, and congenital anomalies. Fortunately, the disabled and wounded in Cambodia may turn to CSC. Its mission is simple: to improve the quality of life for the underprivileged through the provision of rehabilitative surgery and other general rehabilitation programs. Intrinsic in its objectives is to provide training to local physicians and surgeons so that the program may be self-sustaining. In October of 2000, CSC, with the help of generous donors and partners, opened the first specialized burn treatment unit in Cambodia, a project that has saved many lives and livelihoods. CSC serves as a model hospital demonstrating that safe, simple surgery can be easy to organize, inexpensive, and self-sustaining. CSC hopes that this model can be replicated in other areas of the world. For more information, please visit

  • CIREC (Integral Center of Rehabilitation of Colombia), a non-profit organization established in 1976, provides medical and social services in the fields of orthopedics and comprehensive rehabilitation. CIREC is a pioneer of prosthetic and orthotic design in Colombia, and takes an innovative approach to social inclusion of the disabled population. It has enabled hundreds of people with disabilities, including landmine survivors, to receive educational and employment opportunities. CIREC’s programs, such as “Seeds of Hope,” have empowered more than 3500 people affected by conflict in the most rural areas of Colombia, providing computer skills and jobs with partner companies. An advocate for the disabled, CIREC created the Juan Camina campaign for a world without landmines, as well as to promote accessible cities, respect for the rights to health and rehabilitation, the dignified return of displaced communities to their territory, empowerment of women heads of households, environmental awareness, and sustainable development. For more information, please email and visit

  • C King Associates Ltd (CKA) specializes in the technical and procedural aspects of mine clearance and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). Company director Colin King, a former British Army Bomb Disposal Officer, writes and edits two reference books for Janes; Mines and Mine Clearance and Explosive Ordnance Disposal are the industry standard for open-source intelligence on mines and UXO. CKA recently ran the Demining Program Office for the clearance of the first minefields in the Falkland Islands and, in conjunction with MAIC/CISR, conducted a comprehensive study into the effects of aging on landmines under a State Department grant. Colin King was a technical advisor to the Oslo Process resulting in the Cluster Munitions Convention; CKA followed up on this work by designing and implementing a self-help disposal program for cluster munitions in partnership with Norwegian Peoples Aid. CKA recently supervised the first operational program, which destroyed Moldova’s entire stockpile of Russian cluster bombs in a matter of weeks. Other work includes the breakdown and analysis of live munitions, resulting in the production of detailed technical reports and sectioned training aids. CKA also produces surrogate mines and detection samples, which are in use with the British Army and with research agencies throughout the world. For more information, please contact C King Associates at +44 (0) 1342 826363, or email:

  • Clear Path International (CPI) is devoted to bringing hope, help and opportunity to landmine survivors and others disabled by war. CPI identifies, collaborates and helps build sustainable local partners that empower conflict survivors to overcome physical, psychological, social and economic challenges, promote equality and accessibility, and provide innovative, integrated and sustainable programs to support conflict survivors. Although CPI provides direct services in some countries, employing and training local staff, CPI prefers to work with local organizations and help them achieve mutual goals on behalf of conflict survivors. CPI is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has offices and programs in Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Burma. CPI was initially established as a humanitarian demining organization but has been focused on providing victim assistance internationally since 2000. Previous programs have included prosthetics fabrication, physical therapy training, community-based rehabilitation, peer support and outreach, skills training, medical care, psychosocial support, micro-credit funding, education funding, residential care, vocational training, agricultural training and inputs, community development, accessibility programs and training and disability advocacy. To learn more about CPI, contact Kiman Lucas, Executive Director, at, telephone (206) 201-3888, or visit

  • Cranfield Mine Action (CMA), has been involved in the provision of mine action consultancy services since 1999. CMA is part of Cranfield University which is a not-for-profit educational institution incorporated by Royal Charter and is widely recognised for its market-facing applied research, post-graduate teaching, and consultancy services. The focus of CMA is on the development of resilient national mine action capabilities and the provision of applied research, analysis and assistance projects to humanitarian and commercial organisations, national authorities and donors within the mine action sector. For more information, visit

  • Danish Church Aid (DCA) is an independent ecumenical humanitarian organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark. DCA has regional offices located in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America and works with a rights based approach and the principles of gender equality within five programmatic areas: food security, HIV/AIDS, political space, humanitarian response and mine action. DCA Mine Action is currently active in Albania, Angola, DR Congo, Lebanon and Sudan. These programs combine an integrated approach of mine risk education, mine clearance and strong community development activities to ensure in-country capacity remains for dealing with residual mine and Explosive Remnants of War problems. In addition, DCA Mine Action strives to ensure a broader development impact. For more information about these programs, visit the DCA Mine Action website at

  • Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a Mine Action, Armed Violence Reduction and Safety NGO based in Copenhagen, Denmark, operating under the auspices of the Danish Refugee Council. DDG assists individuals and populations hampered by landmines and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), ranging from small arms ammunition to large surface-to-air missiles. DDG also conducts mine and ERW risk education, works to reduce the negative impact of small arms and light weapons at the community level and assists with conflict resolution. Lastly, DDG offers safety and security training to organizations and companies working in fragile and unstable environments. DDG believes that safety, including mine action, plays an important role in creating stability in former conflict areas, thereby paving the way to revitalize local economies. The organization strives to employ as many national staff members and to procure equipment and supplies from local communities whenever possible. In order to get the best possible socio-economic impact from the activities, DDG works methodically to integrate its safety activities with longer term development and livelihood activities through its mother organization DRC. A central tenet of the organization is training and capacity building of local staff in order to secure a viable handover to national ownership as soon as possible. DDG is currently involved in mine action programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Somaliland, Uganda, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Colombia and Liberia. Contact information is as follows:, e-mail:, phone + 45 3373 5110.

  • The Demining Agency for Afghanistan (DAFA) is an Afghan humanitarian mine clearance organization formed in June 1990 in Afghanistan. DAFA’s mission is to clear all hazardous and mine-contaminated areas in Afghanistan. DAFA has continually committed resources to: humanitarian demining, demining for road reconstruction, local government rehabilitation plans, and the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration campaign. DAFA is highly respected in southern Afghanistan, working hard over the past 16 years to become an internationally-accepted NGO. DAFA operates with a complete tool box of Manual Demining Teams, Mechanical Demining Units, Explosives Ordnance Disposal Teams, and Mine Detecting Dog Sets which have attained a very high standard. For more information, please contact the Director of DAFA at +93- 777 302 117, +93- 700 302 894, or via email: and

  • EOD Solutions Ltd is proud to have worked for many years under contract to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA). As specialists in the destruction of weapons and ammunition from surplus stock, EOD Solutions works closely with Governments and international organizations in all aspects of demilitarization, disarmament and security of weapons and ammunition throughout the world. For example, EOD Solutions Ltd has worked in Albania for many years carrying out destruction and clearance work on behalf of PM/WRA. Remnants of war are dangerous and cause immense injury and suffering to local peoples. We are proud that by safely disposing of or securing hazardous ammunition, we reach our main objective, to make the world a safer place. To learn more, visit

  • Fenix Insight Ltd was formed by David Hewitson and Colin King, both of whom have been intimately involved in mine action and EOD for more than 20 years. David Hewitson, a qualified ISO 9001 lead auditor and former Royal Navy officer, was founding director of European Landmine Solutions (ELS). Colin King, a former British army EOD officer and intelligence analyst, is editor of two leading Jane’s technical publications on mines and EOD.

    Fenix uses this experience, along with that of other highly qualified associates, to formulate practical, robust solutions to complex operational and technical challenges. Fenix’s unique approach is based strongly on visual systems, including process mapping, check lists and minimal text. Fenix operational management systems draw on ISO principles of quality management and are developed in close partnership with clients. They are clear and simple, making them easy to explain, document, and audit.

    Recent work by the Fenix team has included oversight of the initial minefield clearance in the Falkland Islands, disposal of cluster munitions in Moldova, development of land release systems in Tajikistan and input to a range of studies, standards and documents. Fenix is currently working with clients such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, GICHD, Survey Action Centre and Norwegian People’s Aid on a variety of mine and ordnance disposal programs.

  • Freedom Fields USA is a non-profit organization of concerned citizens focused on the humanitarian demining of war-torn countries and returning them to a path of economic development and hope. Freedom Field USA's founders, based in Carmel, California, aim to raise the awareness of Americans at the grassroots level to the magnitude of the landmine plight and the extreme, negative ripple effect created by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. Freedom Fields' current initiative is to help demine and restore valuable land in the border region between Cambodia and Thailand, in the notorious K5 mine belt. To learn more, fax (831) 625-9308, or visit

  • Global Care Unlimited is a non-profit charity formed by the humanitarian impulses of a group of students at Tenafly Middle School in Tenafly, New Jersey. Their goal: to heighten public awareness about the global landmine threat. They have already funded the clearance of a minefield near the Ale Husidic School in Tenafly's sister village of Podzvizd in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and are encouraging other schools in the U.S. to become involved in mine action. To learn more, email, or telephone (201) 362-9935.

  • The Golden West Humanitarian Foundation is a U.S.-based, non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1998. Headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, Golden West also maintains a regional office and research and development facility in the Kingdom of Cambodia. The primary mission of Golden West is to develop technologies and innovations that overcome the technical shortfalls impacting humanitarian landmine and Explosive Remnants of War action. Through this effort, Golden West has developed and fielded appropriate technologies worldwide. Current programs include the flagship Explosive Harvest Program in Cambodia, which turns weapons of war into tools of peace, an educational videogame targeting at-risk children worldwide that runs on the $100 laptop platform, and mobile small-caliber/light weapons destruction in Central America. Recent technical innovations include advanced techniques for small-batch cluster munitions disposal (used by the Moldavian Cluster Munitions Program) and the production of a Mobile Cutting System for safely dismantling dropped bombs in Cambodia and Vietnam. Areas of service include: Expert Technical Consultancy; Detection Technologies; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training & Capacity Building; Children's Mine Risk Education; and Small-scale Cluster Munitions Destruction. For further information, contact us at (818) 703-0024, e-mail at, or visit

  • Grapes for Humanity Global Foundation, a non-governmental charitable foundation with its head office in Florida, raises funds and awareness to address humanitarian problems, including war victims and landmine survivors, particularly those who are children. Grapes for Humanity Global Foundation is currently raising funds for: The Global Hospital Rajasthan in India; Hanger Ivan R. Sabel Foundation; Our Little Brothers and Sisters in Haiti; Lavalla School and Orphanage in Cambodia; Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelle, Haiti and The Hanger Klinick in Deschapelle, Haiti. GFHUS has created a very successful Arts/Therapy Program for disabled people in Haiti and the Viola Wheeler Music Program for disabled children in Cambodia. To learn more, visit, email, or telephone (800) 218-1422.

  • The HALO Trust, an American and British not-for-profit charity, specializes in the removal of landmines and unexploded ordnance from post-conflict zones. Since pioneering the concept of humanitarian landmine clearance in Afghanistan in 1988, it has destroyed over 13 million explosive items. HALO currently has programs in Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Burma, Colombia, Georgia, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Laos, Mozambique, Nagorno Karabakh, Somaliland, Sri Lanka, The West Bank and Zimbabwe. HALO has also conducted surveys and limited clearance in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Sudan and Vietnam. Where HALO has completed clearance, farmers are now planting their crops, homes and roads are being rebuilt, and children walk to school, secure in the knowledge that their next step will be a safe one. To learn more, telephone Amy Currin, Development Manager at (415) 986-4852 or Sara Rose-Carswell, Government Relations Manager at (202) 331-1266; email; or visit

  • Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. HI works alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. HI currently implements mine action programs in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Congo DRC, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Pakistan, Senegal, Somaliland-Puntland, Tajikistan, and Uganda - working to clear landmines and other UXO from civilian areas, providing risk education programs aimed at civilians living or traveling through impacted regions, and providing assistance to those unfortunate enough to have been injured. For more information please visit or contact Ms. Catherine Scott,

  • Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian volunteer organization headquartered in Washington, DC. HVO is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care in developing countries through training and education. HVO has programs in over 25 countries, many of which have suffered strife, resulting in widespread civilian trauma. HVO's programs vary according to a country's needs, but four key principles apply to all of the programs: 1) training focuses on local pathologies and medical problems; 2) practices and procedures taught are both relevant and realistic; 3) trainees are encouraged to make maximum use of locally available equipment and supplies; and 4) the ultimate goal of all HVO programs is to identify and train local personnel to assume the roles of educator and provider, thus sustaining the process. For more information about HVO or to learn how you can help, visit, telephone (202) 296-0928, fax (202) 296-8018 or email

  • Help Handicapped International (HHI) is a registered charitable trust in Mumbai, India and has been accorded Special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. HHI works with the victims of landmines by conducting mobility camps and assisting permanent centers for the fitting of prosthetics to landmine and other war victim amputees. HHI distributes wheelchairs, tricycles and crutches to the disabled in order to help them become self-sufficient. For more information on HHI, please visit, or email

  • Founded in 1998, the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) serves disenfranchised people around the world by implementing innovative and sustainable development projects and through its support for the development work of the United Nations. The Institute forges innovative and unconventional public-private partnerships to tackle difficult humanitarian problems. HDI mobilizes its global partnerships to address and improve human and food security through clearing landmines and UXO, enhances economic conditions by implementing agricultural redevelopment, and provides education, healthcare, livelihoods and infrastructure to the most vulnerable people in the developing world. HDI applies a holistic approach to development and has directly managed over $20 million worth of development programs in Angola, Armenia, Eritrea, Laos, Lebanon, Mozambique, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. For more information, please visit or contact Joseph Merante, Executive Director at (212) 944-7111 or

  • Information Management & Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) is a not-for-profit nongovernmental organization that coordinates, supports and implements humanitarian information management activities and landmine and UXO surveys during and after complex emergencies and in developing countries around the world. iMMAP aims to alleviate the suffering of victims of natural disasters and armed conflict by providing decision-support services to humanitarian agencies through the management of reliable, timely and appropriate strategic and geographic information. iMMAP provides unparalleled expertise in:

    -- Database and GIS development
    -- Information analysis and operational decision-support
    -- Training and advice in Information Management and GIS best-practices

    iMMAP continues to focus upon its core competencies in survey and information management practices, but has expanded its efforts beyond humanitarian mine action to include broader relief and development challenges.

  • The International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF), a non-profit organization in Azerbaijan, was formed in 1992, and over the years, it has focused on four main activities: Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution; Community Development; Refugees and IDPs; and, Media and Civil Society Development. IEPF commenced humanitarian mine action by undertaking the "Landmine Level One Survey" project implemented by the UNDP and the Azerbaijan Government in 2000-2001. IEPF continued to implement the "Landmine Impact Survey" under a contract with the Survey Action Center. IEPF also completed a "Mine Victims' Needs Assessment," funded by the European Commission. IEPF continued with landmine clearance, forming a Community Mine Action Team in 2002 to conduct clearance in the Tartar District of Azerbaijan. The IEPF is one of the closest partners of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA), which is the leading governmental demining institution in the Republic. In 2006, with funding from the U.S. Department of State, IEPF established the first Azerbaijan Mine Victims Association in the Terter District, followed by similar associations in Fizuli and Aghstafa. IEPF created the Eurasia Credit LTD, licensed to allocate micro-credits to mine victims and war victims residing in the war-affected territories of Azerbaijan. In 2010, IEPF officially commenced vocational training for mine victims and retired deminers in the Terter Vocational Training Center. For more information, contact Nick Nwolisa, Head of Department, Head of Department, Programs Development and International Relations. Telephone: (+994 12) 439 76 97. Fax: (+994 12) 439 49 15; e-mail:

  • Invacare Corporation is the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home and long-term care medical products that promote recovery and active lifestyles. Invacare is proud to have worked with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA) in Colombia, Nicaragua, Jordan and Iraq. In partnership with WRA, The Polus Center and CIREC, Invacare has helped train hundreds of medical personnel on appropriate wheeled mobility selection and repair, as well as proper fitting and measuring of seating systems for individuals with complex disabilities. Invacare has 6,200 associates and markets its products in approximately 80 countries around the world. For more information about the Company and its products, visit Invacare's website at

  • The Iraq Mine and UXO Clearance Organization (IMCO) is an Iraqi non-governmental demining organization established with the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in September, 2003. IMCO is fully trained and equipped to international humanitarian mine action standards to perform manual and mine detection dog-supported demining operations, battle area clearance, reconnaissance of suspected hazardous areas, and UXO/landmine survey and technical site survey missions. IMCO has performed a variety of humanitarian and reconstruction and economic development clearance projects throughout central and southern Iraq, as well as UXO destruction projects to reduce threats to all sectors of society in Iraq from improvised explosive devices. IMCO plans to expand its operational capabilities in 2008 to include the safe destruction of small arms and light weapons. With this conventional weapons destruction capability, IMCO can make an additional contribution to the internal security posture of Iraq as the reduction of the thousands of weapons available in the civilian community also reduces the potential for violence due to general crime and lawlessness, sectarian strife and clan/tribal warfare. The men and women of IMCO work daily to eliminate the threats to the lives of the citizens of Iraq posed by the "hidden killers"--the landmines and explosive remnants of war that litter the countryside. By doing so, IMCO employees dedicate their lives to providing a safe environment where their children can freely play and their countrymen can live in peace and harmony. For additional information, please contact the IMCO Director, Zahim Jihad Mutar, at

  • The Julia Burke Foundation was established in 1998 to support causes of interest to Julia, who was lost at the age of 16 in an automobile accident. Her extensive debate research fostered an abiding interest in international policy and in the well-being of those left behind by their economic and political systems. In that spirit, the Foundation has sponsored projects throughout the world; the WAD project in Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nagorno-Karabakh, Somaliland, Sir Lanka and assisted survivors of landmine accidents in Honduras. For more information regarding the diverse programs of the Foundation, please visit or email

  • The Landmine Relief Fund was founded in 2004. It supports the work of an all-Cambodian demining nongovernmental organization, Cambodian Self Help Demining (CSHD). CSHD is run by Khmers, for Khmers. It was founded by an ex-child soldier who spent nearly 15 years clearing ERW wherever he could find it. In 2007 he formalized his work by founding CSHD. He works with other ex-child soldiers, primarily in 'low priority' villages throughout Cambodia. For more information, please visit the website at or contact the Landmine Relief Fund at: In the U.S., please phone 1-760-834-5613 and in Cambodia, telephone 855 (0)15 674 163. The mailing address is:

    Landmine Relief Fund
    POB 4904
    Palm Springs, CA 92263.

  • Landmines Blow aims to be the premiere non-governmental organization dedicated to transforming landmine-affected communities through empowering women, raising social consciousness and engaging civil society. The mission of Landmines Blow is to serve and inspire hope for landmine-affected individuals and their communities by raising global awareness and providing access to clean, safe water. Organizational goals include providing families in landmine-affected communities with access to clean water, improving the overall health of mine-affected communities, and empowering women by promoting them as community leaders and decision makers. For more information, please visit

  • Legacies of War (Legacies) is a U.S.-based non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advocate for the clearance of unexploded ordnance, to provide space for healing the wounds of war, and to create greater hope for a future of peace. Since its founding in 2004, Legacies has integrated art, culture, school lesson plans, community organizing and advocacy to work with Laotian Americans, bombing survivors, veterans and others to establish a credible voice for healing and reconciliation. For more information, visit or contact

  • Lipscomb University and itsCenter for International Peace and Justice aims to promote awareness and understanding of international issues, particularly as they relate to questions of peace, security, justice, and human suffering. For the past several years, the Center has made a concerted effort in the Nashville (Tennessee) area to raise the visibility of the humanitarian problem posed by landmines. The student affiliate of the Center -- Students for International Peace and Justice (SIPJ) -- has staged a number of concerts to raise money to address the landmine problem, one of which featured Pat Boone. In 2004, SIPJ presented a check for $10,000 to the Marshall Legacy Institute to be used toward the training of a landmine-detecting dog. For more information, email

  • MAG (Mines Advisory Group), working in association with its U.S. partner MAG America, is one of the world's leading humanitarian organizations clearing remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide to ensure these communities have access to land for development activities, including farming and infrastructure building such as schools, hospitals, irrigation systems and roads. Since it began operations in Afghanistan in 1989 clearing landmines and unexploded ordnance, MAG has worked on a variety of conventional weapons destruction and management projects in over 40 countries around the world. To learn more about MAG, please visit, or contact MAG America at; telephone (202) 293-1904.

  • The Marshall Legacy Institute is a non-profit organization founded to help restore hope, alleviate suffering and nurture stability in war-torn countries. Major projects include the Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program (MDDPP), the CHildren Against Mines Program (CHAMPS) and Survivors’Assistance Program. The MDDPP has provided over 140 mine detection dogs and training to local handlers in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eritrea, Iraq, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka and Thailand. CHAMPS is an educational outreach program that engages students in the global effort to rid the world of landmines. Students can fundraise and sponsor their own mine detection dogs, and can connect to schools in mine-affected countries to help young landmine survivors. The Survivors’ Assistance Program provides prosthetics and rehabilitative care to people, particularly children, who have been injured by landmines, and vocational training to restore dignity and hope. In 2011 MLI plans to provide additional MDDs and training to Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq and Sri Lanka; to establish a MDD program in Angola; to continue CHAMPS in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq and Vietnam and launch a new program in Yemen; and to continue to provide vocational and rehabilitative care to mine survivors. All programs are made possible by the generosity of the U.S. Departments of Defense and State and caring citizens. To learn more about MLI, visit, telephone (703) 243 9200, or fax (703) 243 9701.

  • Medical Care Development International is a division of Medical Care Development (MCD), Inc., a health planning, management research and training organization chartered in Augusta, Maine, in 1966. Originally the purpose of MCD was to provide health services to underserved rural communities in the U.S. However, due to its national success, an international division was established in 1977 with support from the federally-funded Regional Medical Program to adapt MCD's approach to health program development in the U.S. to meet the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable population groups in developing countries. To date, MCDI has provided technical assistance in over 40 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and the Middle East. For more information, please visit

  • The Messiah College Landmine Action Project (MCLAP) is a student group at Messiah College dedicated to helping those whose lives are affected by landmines. This mission is carried out in three areas: (1) Raising awareness and educating the Messiah College campus and surrounding community through public events such as Mine Awareness Week and a minefield simulation; (2) Basic research and development projects carried out by Messiah College Engineering students pertaining to the detection and removal of landmines and the remediation of minefields; and (3) Current projects involving prosthetic design and construction. For more information, please contact Donald Pratt at

  • The M.I.N.D. Labs are a networked consortium of labs located in seven countries spanning universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The labs conduct research into the use of media technology for training and communication, human-computer interaction, and virtual environment design. Recent projects include designing a virtual environment for training healthy social interaction among inner-city youth and a study of digital media’s potential to support emotional healing among Rwandan genocide survivors. In the domain of mine-risk education, the M.I.N.D. Lab at Michigan State University recently completed a mobile training game to teach Cambodian children to spot and avoid environmental indicators of unexploded ordnance. The game plays on the “$100 laptop” and is tailored to Cambodian terrain, with audio narration in Khmer. Future versions of the game will be tailored for other locales, and will play on a wider range of mobile devices. The M.I.N.D. Lab has received project funding from AT&T, NASA, NSF, CDC, the U.S. Department of State, and the Office of Naval Research. For more information, please visit

  • Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA), an Afghanistan-based NGO, was founded in 1990. MCPA specializes in humanitarian mine action, including general, impact, and post-clearance surveys, technical and battle area surveys, mine-detecting dogs, manual and mechanical mine clearance, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Mine Risk Education and mine clearance training. In addition, MCPA focuses on the development and maintenance of information management systems for mine action. MCPA aims to contribute to humanitarian mine clearance activities worldwide, and in Afghanistan, in particular. For more information please contact Haji Attiqullah at

  • The Mine Detection Center (MDC) was established in 1989 with the goal to make Afghanistan mine- and explosive remnant of war-impact free, where individuals and communities can have a safe environment conducive to national development. From 1994 to 2006, MDC cleared over 169 million square meters of minefields, about half of what the Afghan Mine Action Program has achieved. Thanks to the support of international donors such as USAID, European Commission, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Thailand, UK, the United Nations and others, MDC now has about 1500 qualified technical field personnel and support staff, along with 270 dogs and six demining machines. It can breed dogs and provide veterinarian and medical services. MDC has 10 Mine Dog Groups, 24 Demining Teams, 46 Mine Dog Sets, 6 Mine Dog Groups, 6 Mechanical Demining Units and 2 EOD teams. At its training school in Kabul, MDC trains mine-detecting dogs, dog handlers, mine dog supervisors and mine dog trainers. MDC is proud of its role in clearing a tremendous amount of mined land in Afghanistan and especially proud of its ability to export its expertise by helping establish the MDD capacity in Yemen and Tajikistan. For more information, contact Mohammad Shohab Hakimi at or or by telephone at 07-07-858-908, 07-00-034-035, or 07-99-876-445.

  • The One Sri Lanka Foundation is committed to developing and implementing humanitarian projects in Sri Lanka that will transform the seeds of devastation into seeds of restoration, strengthening community values and rehabilitating families and victims of the conflict that has plagued Sri Lanka for the past nineteen years. The Foundation was created in late 2002 with the objective of raising funds to clear mine affected areas in Sri Lanka's north and eastern provinces. The foundation began its humanitarian activities in the summer of 2002, when it delivered 240 wheelchairs to landmine survivors in partnership with Rotary International and the Wheelchair Foundation. In September of 2003, the Foundation funded a project to clear 20 square kilometers of landmines in partnership with the HALO Trust and led a team of delegates from all of its partners to Sri Lanka that included visits to several mine affected areas in order to generate additional support for humanitarian mine clearance activities. To learn more, please contact Mr. Chris Gnanakone at +1 (925) 932-2413.

  • The Organization for Mine Clearance and Afghan Rehabilitation (OMAR) was established in 1990 to teach Afghan refugees and internally displaced Afghans about the dangers of landmines and UXO left behind by the Soviet and Afghan Communist Armies, and by Afghan insurgents. Based in Kabul, Afghanistan, OMAR has field offices in Afghanistan’s major cities. From its initial focus on women and children since they were the prime victims of landmines and UXO, OMAR continues to deploy community-based teams, both male and female, to deliver Mine Risk Education to all genders and ages. This has contributed to decreasing landmines and UXO-related casualties. In 1992, OMAR also started a demining program, hiring and training more than 1500 deminers in manual and mechanical demining, battle area clearance, EOD and Emergency Response Teams, and working with mine-detecting dogs. OMAR continues to support and work with donors to achieve its goals and objectives. During the past 20 years, OMAR has successfully progressed in working with the Afghan Government in the areas of: campaigning for democracy, women’s rights, children’s rights, and drug awareness, among other things. For further information, please contact Mr. Fazel Karim Fazel, CEO, at +0093 786 777 771, via e-mail at, or visit their website at

  • PeaceTrees Vietnam is a Seattle-based humanitarian organization working in Central Vietnam to assist those whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the explosive remnants of war. Founded in 1995, it was the first international organization given permission to engage in humanitarian demining work in Vietnam after the war. Today, PeaceTrees’ mine action work includes: sponsoring the removal of landmines and unexploded ordnance; providing mine risk education; offering assistance to explosive accident victims and their families through emergency medical treatment, long term medical or health care, nutritional support, household economic support, and educational scholarships; offering micro-credit loans; conducting tree-planting/citizen diplomacy programs for environmental restoration and friendship building; and sponsoring community development projects, such as libraries and kindergartens. To learn more, telephone 206-441-6136, fax 206-389-7210, email, or visit

  • People to People International (PTPI) was founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among people of different countries and diverse cultures. PTPI is a not-for-profit organization that operates a variety of educational and cultural exchange programs. Through a network of community, university and student chapters around the globe, PTPI is committed to educating people about the threat of landmines, supporting efforts to eradicate their existence, and assisting survivors. PTPI’s International Friendship Fund benefits humanitarian efforts worldwide. For further information, please contact Cindy Spake at (816) 531-4701 (telephone); (816) 561-7502 (fax); (email); or visit PTPI’s website at

  • Established in 1997, the Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc. is a Massachusetts-based non-governmental organization that designs and implements programs that provide social, economic and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups throughout the world. In 1997, the Polus Center began its international work by coordinating humanitarian efforts in Central America aimed at addressing the long-term needs of people with disabilities, particularly those individuals who lost limbs due to acts of war, landmines and diseases. In recent years the Polus Center has been leading landmine victim assistance and economic reintegration efforts in Peru, Colombia and Jordan. The Polus Center promotes a holistic approach to rehabilitation that addresses not only increased mobility, but support for victims and their families so that they can achieve meaningful and productive lives within their local communities. It helps people with disabilities and their family members acquire vocational training, receive small business development grants, advance academic education through scholarships, locate and receive appropriate medical and rehabilitation services—addressing people’s most pressing needs in the most comprehensive way possible. The organization also administers the Coffeelands Trust, a public-private fund that connects the international coffee community to coffee farmers in conflict areas throughout the world. For more information about the Polus Center contact Michael Lundquist, 978-724-3342,, For more information about the Coffeelands Trust, contact Theresa Kane, 978-368-1099,,

  • Positive Play is a grassroots non-governmental organization whose mission is to protect young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina by providing risk education and promoting positive expression through sport and culture. With exposure to illegal weapons, landmines, illicit drugs, ethnic division and intolerance, young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina face far graver threats to their physical and emotional wellbeing than other European youngsters. By organizing specialized youth events, distributing educational materials, donating equipment and training youth to be advocates, Positive Play presents sport, culture, tolerance, healthy behavior and teamwork as positive challenges to the intellect, physiology and emotions of young people while treating mines, weapons, substance abuse, ethnic and gender intolerance as negative challenges or risks that are simply not worth taking. Positive Play's programming targets over 20,000 direct and 200,000 indirect beneficiaries per year. For more information on Positive Play's programming, contact Emina Curic (+38761472996) or Jim Marshall (+38761517882), e-mail us at, or visit

  • Prestige Health Care Technologies, Ltd. in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, is a research, design and manufacturing company whose primary focus is amputee care. Prestige Health Care has an associated company, Fashion Magic Apparel, which specializes in adaptive clothing for people who must use wheelchairs and scooters, to include outerwear that enables them to comfortably move outdoors in inclement weather. For additional information, telephone 1-866-366-8366, or e-mail

  • Project RENEW is a cooperative humanitarian effort between the Quang Tri Province People's Committee and international organizations and non-governmental organizations with the mission of "restoring the environment and neutralizing the effects of war" in Quang Tri Province, located along the former DMZ during wartime. Established in 2001 with initial funding from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), Project RENEW has grown into a comprehensive and integrated model which now embraces all key international mine action pillars. Major funding and technical support are provided by PM/WRA at the Department of State, Department of Defense, Norwegian People's Aid, the Humpty Dumpty Institute, the Tromsoe Mine Victim Resource Center, UNICEF and other institutional and individual donors. Project RENEW's goal is to neutralize explosive remnants of war, protect the environment, and reduce poverty with long-term, sustainable results. For more information, please visit our website at

  • The Prosthetics Outreach Foundation (POF) is an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Seattle, Washington. POF seeks to restore mobility and independence to disadvantaged amputees worldwide whose limbs have been taken by war, landmines and other tragedies. POF emphasizes local capacity building through: (1) technology transfer; (2) training of local practitioners in the fabrication and fitting of quality prostheses; and (3) manufacturing of prosthetic components (artificial feet, knee joints, etc.) in developing countries with locally available materials. Additionally, POF has developed a strong mobile outreach program that connects amputees in rural, remote areas with vital prosthetic services. To learn more about POF and its worldwide programs visit, send an email to, call (206) 726-1636 or write to the Prosthetics Outreach Foundation, 400 East Pine Street, Suite 225, Seattle, WA 98122.

  • Quality Solutions International Ltd (QSI) is an independent consulting company specialising in the provision of services to clients operating in challenging and remote locations. Services include independent evaluations/assessments and program/project reviews; inspections of field operations; and project management services. QSI is engaged by a range of organizations including government agencies, international humanitarian organisations and commercial clients. QSI has provided support to the U.S. Department of State in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the ITF Enhancing Human Security (ITF) since 2007. To learn more contact us at or visit us at

  • Roots of Peace is a California-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to removing landmines and restoring demined lands to productive use. Roots of Peace’s innovative demine-replant-rebuild model offers a unique, holistic approach to restoring agricultural communities to vitality and self-sufficiency. Through its unique capabilities and partnerships to link members of the mine action and development communities, Roots of Peace has implemented programs in Afghanistan, Angola, Croatia, Cambodia, Iraq and Viet Nam to rapidly and comprehensively restore agricultural communities to stability and prosperity. Roots of Peace now employs over 500 people in five countries, working on two mine clearance programs and nine replanting programs. Roots of Peace has partnered with HALO Trust, MAG and CROMAG in the past and are developing new approaches which more closely link replanting with explosive remnants of war clearance. This linkage has shown to move farmers from poverty and danger to earning an average of $3500 with safety and sustainability. Roots of Peace is currently working with over 45,000 small farmers in post-conflict settings. For more information about Roots of Peace, please visit or call (415) 455-8008.

  • Save the Children knows that children in mine-affected countries are particularly vulnerable to injury or death from landmines given their natural curiosity and spirit of adventure. Save the Children is incorporating mine awareness, mine education, and mine clearance in a number of war-affected countries where it provides relief and assistance to children and their families. To learn more, telephone (202) 293-4170, fax (202) 293-4167, or visit

  • Schonstedt Instrument Company manufactures magnetic locators used in the detection of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO). The Company has teamed with the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State to make its demining tools available, at no cost, to world populations for which UXO clearance would not otherwise be possible. The United Nations Mine Action Service, the operational arm of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, will see that the units are placed where they are most urgently needed. The donated tools are made possible by – and in the name of – Schonstedt customers as well as individual donors. The initiative represents an open-ended commitment by Schonstedt to humanitarian demining efforts in underserved areas around the world. Click here to view an independent film about Schonstedt’s innovative donation program and partnership with the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement and the United Nations Mine Action Service. To learn more, contact Bob Ebberson at, tel: (304) 724-4754, or visit

  • Southpac Consulting Ltd is an independent quality management company providing specialist services to clients operating in challenging and remote locations. Southpac conducts independent quality inspections of landmine and ERW clearance operations for government agencies, international humanitarian organisations and commercial clients. Southpac ensures that landmine and ERW clearance is conducted safely, efficiently, on time, within budget, and in accordance with relevant legislation and International Standards. By not conducting clearance activities of any kind, Southpac is able to guarantee that it is never placed in a conflict of interest situation during the assessments and inspections it undertakes. This is reflected in its accreditation as the only Munitions Clearance Inspection body under ISO 17020 in the world.
  • Southpac Consulting provides support to the U.S. Department of State in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the International Trust Fund for Demining and Victim Support (ITF). The company’s staff and associates have provided mine action quality management and consultancy services to clients in the humanitarian support and commercial sectors in Albania, Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Iraq, Laos, Namibia, Tajikistan, Vietnam, and Zambia. To learn more contact us at or visit us at

  • Spirit of Soccer uses soccer/football skills clinics to educate children about the dangers posed by landmines and explosive remnants of war in post-conflict regions of the world. Since 1996 over 115,000 children have received Mine Risk Education through soccer-based activities in Bosnia, Kosovo, Cambodia Jordan and Iraq. Spirit of Soccer works closely with local football associations and Ministries of Education and Sport to ensure that social education and development messages are integrated into local sporting programs. Its holistic and innovative approach delivers:

    -- Coach education and qualification
    -- Mine Risk Education
    -- Drug and Alcohol Awareness
    -- Anti-discrimination and child rights awareness

    The U.S. Department of State, the British Foreign Office, Beyond Sport and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation fund these efforts. Spirit of Soccer also receives support for its Cambodia / Iraq programs from the Football for Hope initiative, backed by FIFA, and Streetfootballworld, in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Spirit of Soccer currently runs full time programs in Iraq, Cambodia and is expanding into Laos in spring 2011. Possible pilot programs may be implemented in Afghanistan and Colombia by late 2011. For more information, visit

  • The Survey Action Center seeks a world where resources are made available to post conflict societies on the basis of humane, moral and intellectually rigorous information gathering that comes directly from the affected communities. Our vision is best advanced through creative partnerships with national authorities, NGOs, commercial firms, UN agencies, and donors. Our mission is to improve the planning and resource allocation processes within the international mine action community by providing timely, accurate and complete mine impact survey information to key decision makers. To learn more, telephone +1 (301) 891-9192 or visit

  • The Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) is an international NGO based in Geneva, Switzerland. FSD was created in 1997, and has conducted operations in 29 countries to clear explosive remnants of war (ERW). FSD's ERW clearance operations aim to render land and infrastructure safe from the threat against life and livelihoods so that land can be reclaimed to support economic activities in conflict and post-conflict countries. Apart from deploying operations in mine-affected countries using all major clearance methodologies, FSD also specializes in stockpile reduction, both by working alongside national hosts, and also helping them to locate caches of weapons and ammunition out of host country control in order to support stabilization and reconstruction efforts, and help improve security conditions. FSD has also lent its logistical and organizational expertise to support relief efforts following natural disasters. This includes emergency medical support and the mobilization of relief resources and matériel. From 2010, FSD began to concentrate on decontamination operations, starting with efforts to remediate former minerals mines where toxic and radioactive legacies pose a threat to the well being of communities and the natural environment. For more information, please write to, or visit our website at

  • The Torrens Resilience Institute is a not-for-profit organization based in Adelaide, Australia. The Institute aims to improve the ability of households, communities and organizations to respond to disruptive challenges which have the potential to overwhelm local disaster management and business continuity capabilities and plans. The Institute’s work in resilience involves three interconnected activities: (1) evidence-based research that enables informed decisions to be taken on policy, and to assist the development of resilient systems, procedures and practice in the public, private and volunteer sectors; (2) providing information, management tools and specialist advice to organizations and communities; and (3) increasing the knowledge and skills of individual leaders and managers through its Executive Education Program of courses, seminars and workshops. The concept of resilience is particularly relevant to organizations and communities in countries recovering from conflict. The Institute works with donors, national authorities and local entities seeking to build resilient national mine action capabilities which are able to survive and thrive over time. For more information, visit, e-mail or telephone +61 8 8221 5440.

  • United for Colombia (UFC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Colombian civilians and servicemen who have suffered the consequences of the war by acquiring funds to address their needs. UFC provides assistance to seriously injured war victims, mainly from landmines, requiring specialized medical treatment and rehabilitation. UFC also promotes landmine risk awareness campaigns for parents, teachers and children, especially those living in rural areas. To learn more about UFC and how you can get involved, go to, email, telephone (202) 536-5625, or fax (202) 370-6473.

  • World Education is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through economic and social development programs. World Education is well known for its work around the globe in environmental education, community development, maternal and child health, school governance, integrated literacy, small enterprise development, HIV/AIDS education and prevention and care, and refugee training. World education also works to strengthen literacy and adult basic education programs in the United States. Projects are designed to contribute to individual growth, as well as to community and national development. Since 1994 World Education has worked in Laos addressing issues related to the unexploded ordnance which covers its eastern and northeastern provinces. World Education programs are focused on Mine Risk Education, presently for over 160,000 students, and Victims’ Assistance in the areas of emergency medical care, economic relief, and livelihood training. For more information, please visit

  • The World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF), founded in 1955, is devoted to the development and implementation of rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities throughout the world. WRF’s core staff and field representatives work closely with a team of consultants to develop culturally appropriate initiatives that address all aspects of rehabilitation, from incident through reintegration. For more information, please visit

For more information about the Public-Private Partnership program, please contact:

Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement
U.S. Department of State
State Annex 3 – Suite 6100
Washington, DC 20522
Telephone: (202) 663-0088; fax: (202) 663-0090

Kristin Dowley
Public Engagement and Partnerships
Telephone: (202) 663-0081