2015 To Walk the Earth in Safety: FY2014 Grantees

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC) established in 1989, was the first humanitarian demining nongovernmental organization in Afghanistan endorsed by the UN. ATC works to reduce civilian casualties and enable land release through detection, clearance, and Mine Risk Education (MRE) activities. For more information: http://www.atc-wlfhdngo.org.af.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was created in 1943 as the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to the needs resulting from World War II. Since then, CRS has assisted more than 100 million people in 90 countries across five continents. For more than a decade, CRS worked to reduce the risk of injury/death from UXO and landmines in Vietnam and trained more than 55,000 children and 79,000 teachers, parents, and community members in MRE, contributing to the decline of UXO/mine casualties. CRS also directly assisted 160 landmine survivors in three provinces in Vietnam. For more information: www.crs.org.

Date: 2015 Description: Representatives from CISR, HALO, iMMAP, MAG, and MLI were invited to attend the formal launch of the FY2013 issue of To Walk The Earth In Safety with Secretary of State John Kerry.  © Photo courtesy of the Department of State.

The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR) at James Madison University (JMU) provides innovative and reliable programs and information to post-conflict communities and practitioners in the conventional weapons destruction field. CISR utilizes JMU faculty and staff, and an international network of experts to produce internationally regarded publications, management-training workshops, disability-rights programming, and peer-support initiatives. Since 1996, CISR has worked around the world to promote post-conflict recovery, rebuilding and resilience. For more information: http://jmu.edu/cisr.

Cleared Ground Demining (CGD) is an independent nonprofit nongovernmental organization based in London that specializes in the removal of explosive remnants of war, SA/LW destruction, and landmine clearance solutions. For more information: http://www.clearedground.org.

DanChurchAid (DCA) is an independent ecumenical humanitarian organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark, that strives to provide humanitarian assistance and advocate for oppressed, neglected, and marginalized groups in poor countries. DCA’s humanitarian mine action programs combine mine risk education, mine clearance, and strong community development activities. For more information: http://www.dca.dk.

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a nongovernmental organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark, operating under the auspices of the Danish Refugee Council. It assists individuals and populations hampered by landmines and UXO. DDG also strives to procure supplies from local communities and to train a local staff in order to create national ownership opportunities as soon as possible. For more information: http://www.danishdemininggroup.dk.

Delvon Assistance for Social Harmony (DASH) is a Sri Lankan humanitarian demining organization founded in 2010. DASH’s goal is to increase the safety and security of people living in mine-affected areas through the removal and destruction of landmines and UXO. To support sustainable post-conflict recovery, DASH strives to employ internally displaced persons, especially women, widows, and female heads of house. For more information: http://slnmac.gov.lk/dash.

Demining Agency for Afghanistan (DAFA) is an Afghan humanitarian mine clearance organization formed in June 1990. DAFA’s mission is to clear all hazardous and mine-contaminated areas in Afghanistan by committing resources to humanitarian demining; clearance for road reconstruction; local government-sponsored construction plans; and the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration campaign. For more information: sattar_dafa@yahoo.ca or dafafinance@yahoo.com.

Fondation Suisse de Déminage (Swiss Foundation for Mine Action or FSD) is an international nongovernmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, that has implemented mine clearance projects in more than 27 countries since its inception in 1997. FSD’s focus is on locating and destroying landmines and UXO on the ground and underwater, but it also engages in projects related to the remediation of chemical, toxic and radioactive pollution; the collection and destruction of many types of arms and ammunition; and stockpile management. FSD also works closely with space and satellite stakeholders in remote observation and monitoring platforms. For more information: http://fsd.ch.

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) is an international organization that supports the continual improvement of mine action performance and relevance. The center enables national authorities, mine action organizations, and other partners to do their jobs better by furthering knowledge, promoting norms and standards, and developing capacity. Established in Switzerland in 1998, GICHD works in partnership with governments, national mine action authorities and mine action centers, the UN, other international and regional organizations, nongovernmental organizations, research centers, and commercial companies. For more information: http://www.gichd.org.

Golden West Humanitarian Foundation (Golden West) is a U.S.-based nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the development of innovative, appropriate technologies to overcome the operational limitations encountered by the humanitarian mine action community. It conducts surveys and assessments, and develops mine risk education materials, as well as landmine and UXO disposal technologies. For more information: http://www.goldenwesthf.org.

The HALO Trust (HALO) is an American and British nonprofit charity specializing in the removal of landmines and UXO from post-conflict zones. Its mission statement is “Getting mines out of the ground, for good.” Since pioneering the concept of humanitarian landmine clearance in Afghanistan in 1988, HALO has spent the last 26 years clearing the debris of war and helping millions of families return home. For more information: http://www.halousa.org.

Handicap International (HI), co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, works with persons with disabilities and other vulnerable populations in situations of conflict, national disaster, exclusion, and extreme poverty. The organization implements mine action programs in 20 countries—working to clear landmines and UXO from civilian areas, providing risk education programs aimed at civilians living or traveling through affected regions, and providing assistance to those who have been injured. For more information: http://www.handicap-international.us.

Health Leadership International (HLI) is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that provides sustainable medical training to rural healthcare providers in Laos. Partnering with the Laotian Ministry of Health, HLI has provided competency, skill-based medical training for the past seven years in emergency clinical medicine, ultrasound imaging, midwifery, infectious disease management, medical leadership, and medical English to hundreds of Laotian health care workers. HLI also donates portable ultrasounds to district hospitals to upgrade their diagnostic capability. Utilizing a train-the-trainer model, HLI teaches Laotian physician co-trainers the skills needed to train future generations of health care workers. For more information: http://www.healthleadershipinternational.org.

Information Management & Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) is an international non-profit nongovernmental organization that provides targeted information management support to partners responding to complex humanitarian and development challenges. For more than 15 years, iMMAP has promoted measurable change in people’s lives through its core philosophy: Better data leads to better decisions and ultimately, better outcomes. iMMAP’s expertise in data collection, analysis, and presentation has revolutionized the decision-making process for its diverse, multi-sector partners who seek enhanced coordination and sustainable solutions through information management. For more information: http://immap.org.

The International Center is a Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit organization that focuses on issues between the United States and the developing world. Its Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) program, active in Vietnam since 1994, addresses the consequences of war through its landmine/UXO impact survey, and by strengthening the national capacity of Vietnamese mine action agencies including The Technology Centre for Bomb and Mine Disposal, Vietnam National Mine Action Centre, and the Vietnam Bomb and Mine Clearance Action Center. VVAF also works with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs to provide mental health care and rehabilitation services for those with mental illness and/or disability. VVAF also builds primary schools for children in remote areas of Vietnam. For more information: http://www.ic-vvaf.org.

Iraq Mine/UXO Clearance Organization (IMCO) is an Iraqi demining nongovernmental organization established in 2003. IMCO is fully trained and equipped according to international humanitarian mine action standards to perform manual, mechanical, and mine detection dog (MDD) demining operations. IMCO also conducts battle area clearance, reconnaissance of suspected hazardous areas, UXO and landmine survey, technical site survey missions, quality control/quality assurance tasks, mine risk education, and victim assistance. For more information: zahimmutar@yahoo.com; Zahim.mutar@imcoiraq.com.

ITF Enhancing Human Security (ITF) is a humanitarian, nonprofit organization established by the government of the Republic of Slovenia in March 1998 with the initial purpose to help Bosnia and Herzegovina in the implementation of the peace agreement and to provide assistance and support in post-conflict rehabilitation. Since its inception, ITF has been continuously developing and enhancing its mission, expanding the scope of activities and geographic area of its implementation in order to reduce threats from mines, UXO, and other at-risk weapons and ammunition, as well as to facilitate safe, long-term development, and build resilience of conflict-affected communities. For more information: http://www.itf-fund.si.

The Landmine Relief Fund was created in 2004 to support the work of an all-Cambodian demining nongovernmental organization, Cambodian Self Help Demining (CSHD). CSHD was founded by a former child soldier named Aki Ra, who has spent 20 years clearing landmines and items of UXO wherever he finds them. He works with other ex-child soldiers primarily in “low priority” villages throughout Cambodia. For more information: http://www.landmine-relief-fund.com.

MAG (Mines Advisory Group), in association with its U.S. partner MAG America, is a humanitarian organization working in countries affected by conflict and insecurity to clear landmines and UXO, implement arms management and destruction activities, provide mine risk education, and offer capacity-building support. Since it began operations in Afghanistan in 1989 clearing landmines and UXO, MAG has worked on a variety of conflict-recovery projects in over 35 countries around the world, supporting millions of men, women, and children as they rebuild their lives, their families, and their communities. For more information: http://www.maginternational.org.

Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) is a nonprofit organization founded to help restore hope, alleviate suffering, and nurture stability in war-torn countries. MLI has established practical, affordable, and sustainable indigenous programs in 13 mine-affected countries that help rid the land of landmines and help countries deal with the lasting impacts of mines. Major projects include the MDD Partnership Program, Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS), and Survivors’ Assistance programs. For more information: http://www.marshall-legacy.org.

The Mine Action Support Group (MASG) was established in 1998 and strives to coordinate the humanitarian mine action programs of the world’s major donor states, facilitate the needs of their respective mine action programs, and increase donor support for mine action where it is most needed. MASG provides an informal forum for the exchange of information as well as the direction of financial support and resources. MASG is composed of 27 donor states and the European Union. For more information: http://www.mineaction.org.

The Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA), an Afghan-based nongovernmental organization, was founded in 1990. MCPA specializes in humanitarian mine action including general, landmine impact, and post-clearance surveys; technical and battle area surveys; polygon surveys; mine and ERW impact free community survey; clearance using MDD; manual and mechanical mine clearance; EOD; mine risk education; and mine action training. In addition, MCPA has developed and maintained management information systems for Afghanistan and Iraq Mine Action programs.

The Mine Detection Center (MDC) was established in 1989 with the goal to make Afghanistan mine and UXO impact-free so individuals and communities can have a safe environment conducive to national development. MDC has cleared an estimated 275,000,000 square meters (106 square miles) of contaminated land and safely destroyed 627,290 landmines and items of UXO using a variety of effective demining assets and techniques. MDC has also successfully initiated MDD capacities in Tajikistan and Yemen. The organization is recognized as a center of excellence at national and international levels having received support from Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, the United States, and the UN. For more information: mdc-afghann@gmail.com.

The NATO Support Agency (NSPA) is NATO’s integrated logistics and services provider agency. NSPA is a fully customer-funded agency, operating on a “no profit - no loss” basis. The agency brings NATO’s logistics and procurement support activities into a single organization, providing integrated multinational support solutions for its stakeholders. For more information: http://www.nspa.nato.int.

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), founded in 1939 on the principles of solidarity, dignity, peace, and freedom, is one of Norway’s biggest nongovernmental organizations. In the field of mine action NPA is one of the leading organizations worldwide and operational in 25 countries. In addition to being a clearance operator, NPA actively engages in advocacy work on humanitarian disarmament issues, and strives to continuously influence development of policies, methodologies, and best practices to address the problem of ERW in the most efficient and effective way. For more information: http://www.npaid.org.

The Organization of American States (OAS) was established in 1948 with the goal of encouraging sustainable peace, justice, solidarity, collaboration, integrity, and independence among the nations of the Americas. OAS achieves this goal through activities revolving around democracy, human rights, security, and development. For more information: http://www.oas.org.

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. In 1992, OMAR expanded its scope of operations to mine clearance, hiring and training more than 1,500 deminers in manual and mechanical demining, battle area clearance, and EOD, as well as teaching them to work with MDD. OMAR has also developed demining emergency response teams. For more information: http://www.omar.org.af.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the world’s largest regional security organization with 57 participating states from Europe, Central Asia, and North America. OSCE offers a forum for political dialogue and decision-making in the fields of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation, and puts the political will of its participating states into practice through its unique network of field missions and its three specialized institutions. The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic, environmental, and human aspects. The organization therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counterterrorism, and economic and environmental activities. For more information: http://www.osce.org.

PeaceTrees Vietnam was founded in 1995 as a grassroots effort to bring peace, friendship, and renewal to the people of Quang Tri, one of the most war-torn provinces of Vietnam. PeaceTrees’ vision of establishing a safe and healthy future for the children of Quang Tri includes landmine and UXO clearance, landmine awareness programs, citizen diplomacy, community service, tree-planting programs, survivor/victim assistance, economic support, scholarships to landmine survivors and their families, social development, and community restoration projects. For more information: http://www.peacetreesvietnam.org.

The Polus Center for Social and Economic Development (Polus), established in 1979, is a Massachusetts-based, non-profit nongovernmental organization. The organization partners with public and private foundations to address the devastating impact of landmines and other ERW on communities around the world. Polus’ victim assistance includes training programs in rehabilitation including prosthetics and orthotics, wheelchair fitting, and psycho-social support; and creating economic opportunities through small business development. Using a locally-based, holistic approach, Polus ensures that victims of conflict and people with disabilities are included in all aspects of program design and implementation. For more information: http://www.poluscenter.org.

Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) was established in June 2005. RECSA is mandated to build the capacity of the member states, and coordinate and monitor the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol signed on April 21, 2004. To date, RECSA has a membership of 15 countries. RECSA’s vision is a safe and secure sub-region in a peaceful continent free from arms proliferation, while the mission is to coordinate action against SA/LW proliferation in the Great Lakes Region, Horn of Africa, and Bordering States. RECSA is the only internationally recognized inter-governmental organization within Africa whose sole mandate is to address the proliferation of illicit SA/LW. For more information: http://www.recsasec.org.

Roots of Peace (ROP), founded in 1997, is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring economic livelihood opportunities in post-conflict regions. For nearly 20 years, Roots of Peace has helped remove over one million landmines and items of UXO worldwide and planted more than five million trees to give farmers access to land that was previously deemed too dangerous to develop. For more information: rootsofpeace.org.

Small Arms Survey (SAS), based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, is a globally recognized center of excellence that serves as the principal international source of public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence, providing a valuable resource for governments, policy-makers, researchers, and civil society. Recent projects include studies on physical security and stockpile management, unplanned explosions at munitions sights, illicit transfers of SA/LW, and the role of regional organizations in implementing arms control initiatives. For more information: http://www.smallarmssurvey.org.

Spirit of Soccer founded in 1996, is a U.K. and U.S. registered nonprofit that uses soccer/football skills clinics and tournaments to educate children about the dangers posed by landmines and ERW in conflict and post-conflict regions of the world. Spirit of Soccer has trained more than 400 local coaches who have delivered mine risk education to more than 350,000 children in Bosnia, Cambodia, Lebanon, Jordan, Colombia, Iraq, Kosovo, Laos, and Moldova. For more information: http://www.spiritofsoccer.net.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 177 countries and territories, supporting the host country’s own solutions to development challenges and developing national and local capacities that will help the hosts achieve human development and the Millennium Development Goals. UNDP’s work concentrates on four focus areas: poverty reduction and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; democratic governance; crisis prevention and recovery; and environment and energy for sustainable development. UNDP helps countries attract and use aid effectively. In all its activities, UNDP promotes the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women. For more information: http://www.undp.org.

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) was established by the UN General Assembly in 1997 to ensure an effective, proactive, and coordinated UN response to landmines and UXO through collaboration with 14 other UN departments, agencies, funds, and programs. UNMAS applies mine action expertise to an increasingly wide range of explosive hazards, from unexploded missiles, artillery shells, rockets, grenades, and mortars, to unsafe and unsecured weapons and ammunition, improvised explosive devices, and cluster bombs. UNMAS provides direct support and assistance to 17 mine-affected regions, directing mine action centers, planning and managing operations, mobilizing resources, and setting mine-action priorities. For more information: http://www.UNMAS.org.

Wilton Park Executive Agency, established in 1946 as a forum for discourse between leading British figures and prominent Germans on how to restore democracy in post-war Germany, is a leading center for discussion of key international policy challenges. The Wilton Park setting is conducive to dialogue, problem solving, and formulating strategies for future policies and actions. For more information: https://www.wiltonpark.org.uk.

World Education, Inc. was founded in 1951 to meet the needs of the educationally disadvantaged, and provides training and technical assistance in nonformal education across a wide array of sectors. Registered as a private voluntary organization, World Education has worked in more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as in the United States. For more information: http://www.worlded.org.