Organization Name:
Kardan Demining Group

Organization Type:

Mission Statement:
Kardan Demining Group (KDG) is an established and a registered demining agency in Afghanistan /UNMACA. A fairly new organization, KDG was established in April 2006, to respond to the problem landmines and unexploded ordnance posed to civilians, particularly in the underdeveloped nations of Afghanistan. KDG staff, though newly on board, includes well-qualified technical and aid personnel with extensive experience in humanitarian responses to the landmine issue. KDGÕs objective is to clear land contaminated by landmines and to return it in a safe condition to the most vulnerable groups within the local community. The approach used to bring KDG to its goal is one that aims to expand technical and organizational skills of local people, such that a sustainable and indigenous capacity can be developed and clearance work can continue long term with minimal expatriate involvement. The KDG Approach KDG has eight major outlined approaches that help it maintain and meet its goal. Those approaches are as follows: 1. Efficient and Cost-Effective Administration KDG is committed to lean but efficient administration and project support from its headquarter Kabul-Afghanistan and in-province program offices. Staffed by experienced professional deminners, KDGÕs support offices keep overhead costs to a minimum while ensuring that the field teams have the necessary level of professional support to operate effectively. The administrators will also ensure that overall KDG policy is rigorously enforced throughout the country program down to the remotest operational cell. 2. Professional Staff Policy Only the most well qualified Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and landmines specialists, with demonstrated training abilities and leadership qualities, will be deployed to the field to work alongside local staff. As in any organization, selecting the right personnel is critical to an effective operation. 3. Provision of the best quality KDG adopts a total quality approach with regard to demining equipment, especially safety equipment, and provides up-to-date technical and safety equipment to all local mine clearance operatives as a standard. KDGÕs Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and its technical and safety equipment all conform to the highest locally and internationally recognized standards. 4. A commitment to training and the development of indigenous capacity KDG will assess the technical aspects of a problem in any location, as well as the caliber and educational standards its staff, and design specially tailored training packages that will be available to clients from the beginning of any operation. Such training packages will detail the curriculum areas to be taught and the skills to be developed, as well as the necessary time tables to realize a staged development toward fully indigenous operations. Such training of newly appointed staff would not be restricted to purely technical skills but would include the full range of project management, policy and finance/administrative skills necessary to generate new groups of professionals on operations board. 5. An integrated approach KDG is committed to implementing an integrated approach, consisting of Mine Eradication, Mine Awareness & Data Gathering, to the problem, which means that developing domestic mine clearance and eradication capacity cannot be seen as the limits of program activity. Mine Awareness (working with mine-affected communities and assisting them to live more safely in their contaminated environment) is essential due to the widespread nature of the problem in the affected areas and the inevitable slowness of the clearance response. Data gathering, primarily through collecting and analyzing reliable mine victim data, is also important to understanding which communities are under the most stress from landmine contamination. Therefore, KDG can target the limited clearance resources to the worst-off communities first, as such an effective data gathering program has shown to give inhabitants of mine-affected areas a voice in the prioritization process. 6. Effective Prioritization of the land to be cleared Prioritizing the tasks that will produce maximum benefits for the most vulnerable groups within any target community is one of the most daunting tasks facing humanitarian demining agencies. KDG will achieve effective prioritization through a variety of strategies. 7. Effective land titling of areas demined By coordinating and consulting with the local relevant authorities and its clients, KDG will aim to ensure that the land cleared for economic and residential use by those selected as the most vulnerable sector of the population actually remains with these target beneficiaries in the long term. There have been examples where demining agencies have worked for several months on demining projects only to see them taken over by the military. 8. A standard quality and cost-effective deminng services, mobile and responsive operational philosophy In Afghanistan demining agencies have traditionally operated large teams of 32 deminers. While these teams are ideal for clearing large areas of land due to the requirement of maintaining 25m safety distances between each working pair of deminers, such team sizes wastes manpower on smaller tasks. However, KDG experience shows that many of the mine fields and task requests reported to the teams are, in fact, too big to allow full 32 men teams to be uselessly employed. Therefore, to reduce the cost and minimize administration tasks. KDGÕs personnel and team structure is 16 deminers on the ground means that it can be more responsive to the real needs of the community, as well as providing more cost-effective demining services for its clientÕs and target beneficiaries.

Contact Information

Full Mailing Address:
House. 099, Street.05, Tainani Road, Kabul Afghanistan


Phone Number:
(+93) 0-700-193-413

Fax Number:
(+93) 777-867-426

Email Address:

    Activity Detail(s)

  • Mine Risk Education
  • Other
  • Clearance and Detection
  • Advocacy and Diplomacy
  • Humanitarian Coordination
  • GIS and Mapping
  • Regional Cooperation
  • Training
  • Program Management and Coordination
  • Information Management
  • Marking and Monitoring
  • Policy
  • Awareness
  • Demining Equipment
  • Protective Equipment
  • Fundraising and Sponsorship

    Country(ies) of Operation

  • Afghanistan

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