The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) is an expert organisation working to reduce the impact of mines, cluster munitions and other explosive hazards, in close partnership with mine action organisations and other human security actors.
We support the ultimate goals of mine action: saving lives, returning land to productive use and promoting development. Based at the Maison de la paix in Geneva, and founded in 1998, the GICHD employs around 65 staff members from 19 nations. This makes the GICHD a unique and international centre of mine action expertise and knowledge.
Our advisors visit approximately 50 countries per 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.
“A world in which communities thrive, free from risks from explosive ordnance.” This is the vision that guides the GICHD 2019-2022 Strategy.
Its 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, will guide the GICHD’s work over the next four years and enable our partners to reduce the risks of explosive ordnance.
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