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Training | GIS/Maps | Workshops | Disability Rights | Risk Education | Survivor Assistance

For over 20 years, the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR) has provided innovative and reliable research, training, information exchanges and direct services to the global humanitarian mine action (HMA) community. Utilizing the expertise of our in-house staff, university resources and international partners, CISR is uniquely placed to develop and implement programming across the international and local, humanitarian and security, and practitioner and academic sectors. Ultimately, our work contributes to building peaceful and prosperous futures for communities impacted by conflict.

  • Inquiries for developing, sponsoring or partnering on international programs can be directed to: cisr@jmu.edu
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Senior Managers' Course in Conventional Weapons Destruction (SMC) and ERW Training Courses (ERWTC)

CISR, working in close collaboration with faculty from JMU’s College of Business (COB), has trained over 300 senior managers (representing more than 63 countries) who work directly in mine and explosive remnants of war-affected countries. By integrating the latest business management concepts and the experience of experts in the field, the SMC and ERWTC build the capacity of national mine action and conventional weapons destruction programs that save lives and support economic development and recovery.

The most valuable aspect of the course for me is the exposure to the wider mine action sector. I had [the] opportunity to interact with experience[d] mine action individuals from around the world to learn more about different contexts, how programs are run, what challenges are faced and how they overcome these challenges …” – 2016 SMC Global participant

See more about the SMC, ERWTC and other trainings: https://jmu.edu/cisr/programs/training.shtml

Geographic Information Systems and Mapping Services

CISR is a global leader and consultant for HMA-related geographic information system (GIS) and map-development services. From 2015–2018, CISR conducted multiple innovative GIS and mapping services for the HMA community, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

To learn more about CISR’s GIS projects including the CISR-AGO Survey Tool (CAST) and current map resources go to: https://www.jmu.edu/cisr/research/GIS.shtml

International Workshops and Information Exchange

Since 1997, CISR has planned, facilitated, and hosted nearly two dozen workshops and conferences related to HMA-topics such as data integrity, survivors’ assistance, technical procedures, and regional/country-specific issues. CISR-hosted conferences/workshops have taken place in Colombia, Peru, Slovenia, Thailand, as well as in locations across the United States, from Washington, D.C. to Seattle and the James Madison University campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

For proceedings, details and reports related to our workshops, go to: https://www.jmu.edu/cisr/research/conferences-workshops.shtml

Disability Rights

In 2014 CISR subject-matter experts worked closely with the Association for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (AEPD) to provide capacity-building training workshops for 70 disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) across three provinces in central Vietnam. The training provided DPO staff and local government officials with the skills and knowledge to conduct a strategic multimedia public relations campaign with positive messaging promoting and informing communities of the rights of persons with disabilities under Vietnam’s national disability law. 

Click here to view a Journal article about this project

Mine/ERW Risk Education

"We Love Life" is a theatrical play and creative arts program aimed at raising awareness and preventing young people from taking risks that result in explosive remnants of war related accidents. This comprehensive mine risk education experience, which targets youth audiences in Jordan, meets international and Jordanian mine action standards and was developed in consultation with the Life Line for Consultancy & Rehabilitation and a team of experienced child psychologists from James Madison University.

In 2009, nine performances of the play were held with great success and reached nearly 6,000 children and local community members in the landmine and unexploded ordnance threatened provinces of northwestern Jordan. In 2010, additional performances and art activities reached an even larger sector of the Jordanian school population. In 2014, twenty-five We Love Life creative arts workshops were held in three schools across northern Jordan providing ERW risk education to 250 Jordanian children and 250 Syrian refugee children. Altogether, nearly 16,500 youth directly benefitted from the performances and arts activities in 2009–2014, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

In 2014, CISR also collaborated with Jordan’s National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation to develop and conduct ERW risk education workshops for 75 Syrian refugee women and men hoping to conduct ERW risk education programs in their affected communities. Five train-the-trainer workshops were conducted in northern Jordan with adult Syrian refugees on the basics of ERW risk education and how to teach and present ERW risk education to community members.

Click here to learn more about CISR's risk education projects in Jordan.

Survivor Assistance

CISR's psychosocial peer support workshops provide training to victims of conflict and trauma to become peer counselors to those who are also suffering. Working with local partner organizations, CISR’s peer support specialists customize training materials so they conform to the cultural and educational background of the trainees. Stories and examples informed by survivors are used to teach techniques in peer counseling. Special exercises are designed to teach counseling skills to trainees who do not read or write. Recent trainings have taken place in Burundi, Colombia, Rwanda, Uganda and Vietnam.

Click here to view Journal articles about CISR's Peer Support work

"We are all survivors, and surviving has made us stronger." Adelite Mukamana, IBUKA's Director of Psycho-social Rehabilitation (Burundi)

Pathways to Resilience (P2R), is a workshop providing an innovative regional leadership and training program for survivors of landmines and other explosive ordnance injuries in the Middle East. The workshop helped survivors make meaning of past events, learn to manage emotions in new ways, and find social support, personal strength and inspiration. Program activities promoted resilience using experience-based learning followed by reflective observation.

Click here to learn more about the P2R program

Click here to view a Journal article about the P2R program

"I had many problems, but I came to Lebanon and participated in this meeting, and I am able to overcome a large number of challenges. I can now recover from the psychological crises I have suffered, which limited my hopes and ambitions." – P2R participant from Yemen 

GIS in Vietnam

CISR/JMU GIS experts with NPA staff in the field (Vietnam).

CMRS Workshop

CISR staff greets attendees of the Cluster Munition Remnants Survey Workshop (2017).

We Love Life

Art created by participants in We Love Life!


Workshop participants brainstorm public relations materials for disability rights campaigns in Vietnam.


Survivors from Burundi participate in a peer support excercise.

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