Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)
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The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), an international expert organisation legally based in Switzerland as a non-profit foundation, works for the elimination of mines, explosive remnants of war and other explosive hazards, such as unsafe munitions stockpiles. The GICHD provides advice and capacity development support, undertakes applied research, disseminates knowledge and best practices and develops standards. In cooperation with its partners, the GICHD's work enables national and local authorities in affected countries to effectively and efficiently plan, coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate safe mine action programmes, as well as to implement the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and other relevant instruments of international law. The GICHD follows the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.
The GICHD mission is to serve as a leading centre of excellence in min action, and to help States Parties to implement the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and other relevant instruments of humanitarian law. It bridges the gaps between research, lessons learnt and practice. It promotes evidence-based policies, develops standards and enhances professionalism, making mine action faster, cheaper, safer, more effective, sustainable and inclusive.
The GICHD has 50 members of staff from many countries, funding from around 12 governments and others and visits around 70 countries per year, while working very closely with partner organisations to achieve its goals. The GICHD stays flexible in its response to needs, and to changes in its working context. More information…