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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The GICHD’s strategy for 2012-2014 focuses on two strategic objectives: worldwide clarity on explosive hazards and high-performing national authorities and ownership.

Worldwide clarity

We aim to accelerate progress towards a complete and accurate understanding of the extent of the global explosive hazards problem, and the level of its impact on countries, communities and people.

We support partner countries in the following ways:   

  • to adopt effective survey and reporting methods    
  • to implement sound information management practices    
  • to document the impact of explosives contamination and mine action

High-performing national authorities and ownership

Our activities enhance the capacities of partner countries in designing and implementing programme-based resource allocation systems. We aim to improve performance by supporting decision-making and quality management procedures.

Our activities support national mine action authorities in strategic management, operations information management, standards (IMAS), international law and extensive outreach activities. Our outreach activities are guided by a communications strategy for 2013 – 2014 that was adopted by the management board on 15 April 2013.

The GICHD Strategy 2012-2014 was adopted by the Council of Foundation on 16 December 2011.   

Strategy 2012–2014
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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