The ultimate mission of victim assistance is for victims of landmines and other explosive remnants of war to be able to participate equally in society.

A human rights based approach to victim assistance has been recognised by the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, Protocol V to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. It is commonly acknowledged that victim assistance must:

  • include a long-term perspective
  • be integrated into broader contexts, including national policies, and plans and legal frameworks relating to issues such as disability, health, rehabilitation, social services, education, employment, human rights, gender, development and poverty reduction
  • benefit from good public policy to allow for the above
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Landmine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) victim assistance requires robust Information Management Systems. In 2013, the GICHD incorporated a specialised Victims Assistance Extension into the new version of its Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA). This module permits the inclusion of information concerning victim needs assessments and the assistance services provided. The GICHD provides support to mine action programmes for upgrading to their systems to IMSMA version 6.0. In November 2013, the victim assistance module was successfully tested at both national and provincial levels in Colombia.