The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) works towards reducing risk to communities caused by explosive ordnance, with a focus on landmines, cluster munitions and ammunition stockpiles.
The Centre helps develop and professionalise the sector for the benefit of its partners: National and local authorities, donors, the United Nations, other international and regional organisations, non-governmental organisations, commercial companies and academia. It does so by combining four lines of service: field support focused on advice and training, multilateral work focused on norms and standards, research and development focused on cutting-edge solutions, and facilitating dialogue and cooperation.
Collectively, our advisors support around 40 affected states and territories every year, while working very closely with partner organisations to achieve our goals. This work is made possible by core contributions, project funding and in-kind support from 30 governments and organisations. The GICHD stays flexible in its response to needs and to changes in its working context.
GICHD strategy has four strategic objectives: Supporting the Conventions, protecting communities from explosive harm, the safe return of land and infrastructure to people, and gender equality and inclusion.
In 2022, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) mandated an evaluation of the GICHD’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability as part of an evaluation of the three Geneva Centres: the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), and the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF).
In 2018, an independent evaluation of the Centre was undertaken upon request of the Swiss Government.
Conducted by Universalia Management Group
In 2017, an evaluation of the GICHD Tools and Publications was undertaken.
Conducted by Sharmala Naidoo
In 2014, an independent evaluation of the Centre was undertaken upon request of the Swiss Government.
Conducted by: Sophia Procofieff, Anna Matveeva and Dieter von Blarer (the Innovabridge Foundation)
In 2012, an evaluation of the GICHD Communications was undertaken.
Conducted by: Jim Coe & Andy McLean
In 2010, a more focused evaluation of the Information Management section (including IMSMA) was carried out.
Conducted by: Charles Downs and Paul Currion
In 2010, an independent evaluation of the Centre was undertaken upon request of the Swiss Government.
Conducted by: David Hewitson and Arianna Calza Bini