Mine Action and Cluster Munitions Programme 2016-2020

The Netherlands sustain their support for a world free of the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war. Even years after the end of an armed conflict, landmines, cluster munitions and other explosives often pose a great safety threat to people. Next to a physical threat landmines form a major obstruction for stability, reconstruction and inclusive social-economic development. 

Funding for Mine Action 2016 - 2020

On  August 20, 2016 it was announced that the following 3 NGO’s have been selected for the Mine Action and Cluster Munitions Programme 2016-2020: The Halo Trust, Mines Advisory Group (MAG), and Danish Church Aid (DCA). With the support of a total of € 45 million euro Dutch funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs these 3 organisations will be able to continue helping to create a landmine-free world in 13 different countries: Afghanistan, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, the Palestinian Territories, Mali, Somalia, Syria, South-Sudan, Kosovo and Ukraine. Of this total amount € 10 million euro is reserved for emergency response.

During the next 4 years the HALO Trust, MAG and DCA will actively contribute to the clearing of landmines, dismantling production and storage facilities and destroying stockpiled landmines. They will also offer support to victims and their families (including rehabilitation and reintegration), and educate the local population about the risks and dangers of (land)mines.

Thanks to Dutch funding, over almost 52 million square meters of land has been demined during the past 4 years already, besides many other results that have been achieved in the area of humanitarian demining. Would you like to know more? Please take a look at our infographic about Dutch support for demining.

Working towards a mine free world

With its Mine Action and Cluster Munitions Programme the Netherlands actively contributes to the international ambition to reach a mine free world by 2025. Around 10 people every day are killed or injured by land mines. The vast majority of the victims—80 percent—are civilians, with 4 out of 10 children. Many countries have stopped using and producing landmines, but around 60 countries still face a landmine problem.

Deployment by non-state actors such as armed groups has recently caused a rise in casualties. The Dutch Programme aims to enlarge the physical security of people as well as their ability to use their land free of fear to lose a limb or their lives or loved ones. To clear land from mines and other explosives has a significant impact on livelihoods. It enables people to use their land, grow corps, sell them on the market, use this income to send their children to school.