In October 2006 a programme to promote the work of the GICHD within French-speaking countries affected by mines and ERW was created. The programme was handed over to the African partners in December 2011, in particular to the Centre de Perfectionnement aux Actions Post Conflictuelles de Déminage et de Dépollution (CPADD).
This programme had three key aims:
- to strengthen the role of the GICHD in French-speaking mine-affected countries;
- to promote the French language in mine action; and
- to increase exchange, in particular between French-speaking and English-speaking mine action communities.
To promote these aims, the Francophone Programme:
- published and translated important documents for the Francophone mine and ERW action community;
- in partnership with three African centres created the online library website Bibliomines, which collects all French documentation and events on mine and ERW action that exist;
- organised annual seminars of African Francophone actors engaged in humanitarian action against mines and ERW on their national territories as a platform for the exchange of expertise and information; and
- identified and promoted Francophone expertise internationally.