2016 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Implementing Partners

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Nongovernmental Organizations Headquartered in the United States

Date: 2016 Description: DCA conducts battle area clearance in Lebanon.  © Photo courtesy of DCA

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), established in 1943, is the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more than a decade, CRS has 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 mine risk education. http://crs.org.

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

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 medical training for the past seven years in emergency clinical medicine, ultrasound imaging, medical leadership and medical English to hundreds of Laotian health care workers. http://healthleadershipinternational.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 program, which has been 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. http://ic-vvaf.org.

The Landmine Relief Fund, a California-based nonprofit, 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 more than 20 years clearing landmines and items of UXO wherever he finds them. http://landmine-relief-fund.com.

Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) is a Virginia-based nonprofit organization founded to help restore hope, alleviate suffering, and nurture stability in war-torn countries. MLI has established indigenous programs in 13 mine-affected countries that help rid them of landmines and help them deal with landmines’ lasting impacts. http://marshall-legacy.org.

Mercy Corps, a nonprofit created in 1979, and based in Portland, Oregon, has worked in more than 50 countries where conflict, disaster, political upheaval or economic collapse present opportunities to challenge the status quo and build more secure, productive and just communities. https://mercycorps.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’ work includes landmine and UXO clearance, landmine awareness programs, survivor assistance, scholarships to landmine survivors and their families, and community restoration projects. http://peacetreesvietnam.org.

The Polus Center for Social and Economic Development (Polus), established in 1979, is a Massachusetts-based, nonprofit nongovernmental organization. The organization partners with public and private foundations to address the impact of landmines and UXO on communities around the world. http://poluscenter.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, ROP has helped remove more than one million landmines and items of UXO worldwide to give farmers access to land previously deemed too dangerous to develop and planted more than five million trees. http://rootsofpeace.org.

World Education, Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit organization, 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. World Education has worked to support victim assistance and mine risk education. http://worlded.org.

International and Foreign Nongovernmental Organizations

Date: 2016 Description: A deminer and mine detection dog in Senegal use a long leash method to clear a lane in a minefield. © Photo courtesy of Handicap International.

Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC), established in 1989, was the first humanitarian demining nongovernmental organization in Afghanistan endorsed by the United Nations. ATC works to reduce civilian casualties and enable land release through detection, clearance, and mine risk education activities. http://atc-wlfhdngo.org.af.

Agency for Rehabilitation and Energy Conservation in Afghanistan (AREA) is an Afghan nongovernmental organization providing its Community Based Mine Clearance Program (CBMCP) throughout the most insecure areas of Afghanistan. CBMCP transfers skills so that local communities can handle their own mine and UXO clearance. AREA seeks to integrate demining and development through employment and procurement within the local economy. asryusufi@hotmail.com.

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 community development activities. http://dca.dk.

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a nongovernmental organization based in Copenhagen operating under the auspices of the Danish Refugee Council. It assists individuals and populations hampered by landmines, UXO, and SA/LW. http://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 IDPs, especially widows and female heads of household. http://slnmac.gov.lk/dash.

Demining Agency for Afghanistan (DAFA), formed in 1990, is an Afghan humanitarian mine clearance organization. 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 disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration. sattar_dafa@yahoo.ca or dafafinance@yahoo.com.

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), formed in 1998, supports the ongoing 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. http://gichd.org.

The HALO Trust (HALO) is an American and British nonprofit charity specializing in the removal of landmines and UXO from post-conflict zones. Since pioneering the concept of humanitarian landmine clearance in Afghanistan in 1988, HALO has been clearing the debris of war and helping millions of families return home. http://halotrust.org.

Handicap International (HI), works with persons with disabilities and other vulnerable populations in situations of conflict, natural disaster, exclusion, and extreme poverty. HI implements mine action programs in 20 countries, working to clear landmines and UXO from civilian areas, providing risk education programs, and providing assistance to those who have been injured. http://handicap-international.us.

Information Management & Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) is an international nonprofit nongovernmental organization that provides targeted information management support to partners responding to complex humanitarian and development challenges. iMMAP’s expertise in data collection, analysis, and presentation supports the decision-making process for its diverse, multi-sector partners. http://immap.org.

Iraq Mine/UXO Clearance Organization (IMCO) is an Iraqi demining nongovernmental organization established in 2003, trained and equipped according to international humanitarian mine action standards to perform manual, mechanical, and mine detection dog demining operations. IMCO also conducts battle area clearance, UXO and landmine survey, technical site survey, quality control/quality assurance, mine risk education, and survivor assistance. zahimmutar@yahoo.com; zahim.mutar@imcoiraq.com.

ITF Enhancing Human Security (ITF) is a humanitarian, nonprofit organization established by the Republic of Slovenia government in March 1998. Since then, ITF has continued to expand its scope of activities and the geographic area of its implementation in order to reduce threats from mines, UXO, and other at-risk weapons and ammunition. http://itf-fund.si.

MAG (Mines Advisory Group) began operations in Afghanistan in 1989 clearing landmines and UXO. In association with its U.S. partner MAG America, MAG 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. http://maginternational.org.

The Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA) is an Afghan-based nongovernmental organization founded in 1990 specializing in landmine impact and post-clearance surveys; technical and battle area surveys; polygon surveys; and mine and UXO impact free community surveys. MCPA provides manual, mechanical, and mine detection dog clearance, EOD, mine risk education, mine action training, and management information systems for mine action programs. hajiattqullah@gmail.com.

The Mine Detection Center (MDC) was established in 1989 with the goal to free Afghanistan of mine and UXO impact so individuals and communities can have a safe environment conducive to national development. MDC clears contaminated land and safely destroys landmines and UXO using a variety of assets and techniques. mdc-afghann@gmail.com.

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. For more than 20 years NPA has implemented mine action programs in more than 40 states and territories. http://npaid.org.

Date: 2016 Description: The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction, a professional journal produced by CISR for the CWD community, is partially funded by the Department of State and the Department of Defense.  © Photo courtesy of CISR

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. In 1992, OMAR expanded its operations to mine clearance, hiring and training more than 1,500 deminers in manual and mechanical demining, battle area clearance, EOD, and working with mine detection dogs. http://mineclearance.org.

Spirit of Soccer (SoS), 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 UXO in conflict and post-conflict regions of the world. SoS has created risk education courses in more than 10 current or post-conflict countries including Bosnia, Cambodia, Colombia, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Laos, and Moldova. http://spiritofsoccer.org.

Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD), established in 1997, is an international nongovernmental organization based in Geneva that has implemented mine clearance projects in more than 27 countries. FSD focuses on locating and destroying landmines and UXO on the ground and underwater. It also engages in collecting and destroying arms and ammunition; and managing stockpiles. http://fsd.ch.

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 provides a forum to convene the international community involved in conventional weapons destruction. https://wiltonpark.org.uk.

Government and International Organizations

The NATO Support Agency (NSPA), NATO’s integrated logistics and services provider agency, implements the NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund in Ukraine, the largest conventional munitions stockpile reduction project in history. NSPA has worked on PSSM and CWD programs in a number of countries including Albania, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Mauritania. http://www.nspa.nato.int.

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. The OAS supports a regional approach to demining programs in the Western Hemisphere and executes conventional weapons destruction programs. http://oas.org.

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. The OSCE offers a forum for political dialogue and decision-making in the fields of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation. http://osce.org.

Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) established in June 2005, is mandated to build the capacity of its 15 member countries, and coordinate and monitor the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol signed in April 2004. RECSA’s vision is a safe and secure sub-region in a peaceful continent, free from arms proliferation. Its mission is to coordinate action against SA/LW proliferation in the Great Lakes region, Horn of Africa, and bordering states. http://recsasec.org.

Tajikistan National Mine Action Center (TNMAC) is a state institution under the government of the Republic of Tajikistan established in January 2014 to coordinate all mine action related projects. muhabbat.ibrohimzoda@tnmac.gov.tj.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the U.N.’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is active in 177 countries and territories by supporting the host country’s own solutions to development challenges and by developing national and local capacities. http://undp.org.

Educational Institutions

The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR), established in 1996 at James Madison University (JMU), provides programs and information to post-conflict communities and practitioners in the CWD field. CISR works around the world to promote post-conflict recovery, rebuilding, and resilience. http://jmu.edu/cisr.

Small Arms Survey (SAS), based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, is a globally recognized center 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. http://smallarmssurvey.org.


Janus Global Operations (formerly Sterling Global) is an employee-owned munitions management and demining company supporting government, military, and commercial organizations operating in war-affected countries. Janus Global provides risk management, logistics, construction, and maintenance services in support of countries emerging from conflict. http://janusgo.com.