The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) is an international expert organisation based in Switzerland that works to eliminate mines, explosive remnants of war and other explosive hazards.
By undertaking research, developing standards and disseminating knowledge, the GICHD supports capacity development in mine-affected countries.
It works with national and local authorities to help them plan, coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate mine action programmes.
The GICHD also contributes to the implementation of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and other relevant instruments of international law.
The GICHD follows the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.
Created in 1998, the GICHD has 50 members of staff from many countries and receives funding from around 12 governments and organisations. It visits around 60 countries per year, while working very closely with partner organisations to achieve its goals.
The GICHD stays flexible in its response to needs, and to changes in its working context.
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