Mine action in the time of COVID-19: A donor's perspective


SUMMARY: Since the beginning of humanitarian mine action (HMA) in the late 1980s, the sector has relied heavily on donor support. Financial assistance continues to be the most obvious form of support for national authorities and mine action operators. Donor support to HMA has mainly remained in the range of US$450–500 million per year for the past decade, peaking at almost US$700 million in 2017 as donors responded to the legacy of ISIS in the Middle East. This has been a substantial commitment by any measure. The funding is provided through various channels, such as the Organization of American States and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, UN trust funds, ITF Enhancing Human Security, national authorities, or directly to (international) HMA nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other organizations like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD). Donor funding covers the full range of HMA activities, including risk education, survey and clearance, stockpile destruction, victim assistance, advocacy, capacity building, and coordination.

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Published: Monday, January 11, 2021

Last Updated: Monday, January 11, 2021

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