In a world where human security is still hindered by explosive hazards, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works to eliminate mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war. To achieve this, the GICHD supports national authorities, international organisations and civil society in their efforts to improve the relevance and performance of mine action. Core activities include furthering knowledge, promoting norms and standards, and developing in-country and international capacity. This support covers all aspects of mine action: strategic, managerial, operational and institutional. The GICHD also works for mine action that is not delivered in isolation, but as part of a broader human security framework; this effort is facilitated by the GICHD's new location within the Maison de la Paix in Geneva.

Created in 1998, the GICHD has 50 members of staff from many countries and receives funding from around 20 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.

GICHD Governance and Organisation | Strategic Chart

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Strategy | 2015-2018


GICHD Strategy 2015-2018


The strategy is comprised of three objectives. These are the long-term changes to which the GICHD intends to contribute up to and beyond 2018. Medium-term outcomes – part of the Centre’s newly-devised Results framework – have been laid out to help realise the objectives.

Strategic Objective 1: Convention obligations are fulfilled and/or completion targets reached

Many countries still face considerable challenges clearing their territories from explosive hazards contamination and/or fulfilling clearance obligations under various conventions (APMBC, CCM and CCW).

Three outcomes have been determined to help countries fulfil their convention obligations:

  • National mine strategies should be focused on measurable and sustainable results
  • Information management systems should provide greater clarity on the extent and impact of explosive hazards
  • Improved standards, methods and tools in mine action should be applied

Strategic Objective 2: Residual contamination is effectively managed through sustainable national processes

As countries move to managing residual contamination, appropriate national strategies and capacities must ensure sustainability and alignment with their domestic agendas.

To enable this process toward managing residual contamination, three outcomes have been devised; they are intended to:

  • Successfully transition capable national entities to address residual contamination
  • Help countries evaluate the overall risk from residual contamination based on evidence
  • Put in place national policies, procedures and practices to respond to the risks of residual contamination

Strategic Objective 3: Mine action is fully integrated into broader efforts to achieve human security

Mine action supports explosive weapons management and security sector reforms, reduces violence and promotes development. Mine action should respect the ‘do no harm’ principle, including with regard to land rights and the environment.

Three outcomes, in combination with the GICHD’s new location in the Maison de la Paix, will support this objective:

  • Mine action is perceived, planned and implemented such that it contributes to human security
  • Standards, tools and other methods benefit human security
  • There is strengthened cooperation between mine action and other human security actors  


Mine Action | A description of the working context

Evaluations of the GICHD

In 2014, an independent evaluation of the Centre was undertaken upon request of the Swiss Government.
External Evaluation of the GICHD (2010-2013)
Conducted by: Sophia Procofieff, Anna Matveeva and Dieter von Blarer (the Innovabridge Foundation)

In 2012, an evaluation of the GICHD Communications was undertaken.
Evaluation of GICHD Communications
Conducted by: Jim Coe & Andy McLean

In 2010, a more focused evaluation of the Information Management section (including IMSMA) was carried out.
Evaluation of GICHD Information Management Programme

Conducted by: Charles Downs and Paul Currion

In 2010, an independent evaluation of the Centre was undertaken upon request of the Swiss Government.
A General Evaluation of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining

Conducted by: David Hewitson and Arianna Calza Bini