The GICHD supports national authorities, international and regional organisations and NGOs in their efforts to improve the relevance, performance and sustainability of mine action.
Populations living in mine-affected communities must often live with the risk posed by mines. Due to mine contamination, people are often no longer able to farm their own fields and feed their family. Children are no longer able to go to school and refugees are unable to return safely home after the end of the conflicts.
Many of the contaminated countries are already poor, and the presence of mines and other explosive remnants of war is aggravating the situation. It limits access to livelihoods and obstructs reconstruction after the end of a conflict.