Mine action organisations' experience working with weapons and munitions in combination with their capacity to work in unstable contexts alongside security actors, such as the police and military, makes them well-placed to respond to wider security issues.
Many operators have established good working relationships with authorities that have helped facilitate new programmes addressing wider security challenges. This include:
In several mine/ERW-affected countries, mine action has also contributed to peace-building and disarmament, and demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) programmes through the provision of training and stable employment for demobilised ex-combatants. Mine action efforts to strengthen the capacity of the police and military in mine action, as well as ammunition safety management and small arms and light weapons (SALW) control, also contribute to wider efforts to reform the security sector.
In 2012, the GICHD conducted research to document the contributions that mine action actors make in the areas of community safety, ammunition safety management, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration, peace building and small arms and light weapons control.
The GICHD is committed to facilitating the sharing of information between mine action and broader security actors on programming approaches, good practice and lessons learnt.