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27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

09 Oct 2014 description

Abroadeg is 23 years old and lives in Sheka in the southern region of Ethiopia with his wife and a three year old son. He gladly explains the benefit of modern beehives that allowed him to save his time and money.

01.10.2014 | Text: Belete Debre, Photo: Kjetil Østnor

09 Oct 2014 description

"Aloe-vera soap production is very effective and easy to manage" says one of the cooperative members, Ayika. Being organised in Aloe-vera soap producing cooperative has helped pastoralist Ayika Alma improve her family’s livelihood. As a pastoralist, her family’s livelihood depends on their livestock.

02.10.2014 | Text: Belete Debre, Photo: Kjetil Østnor.

07 Jul 2014 description

“Birhan self-help group (SHG) is breaking the traditional view of potters - a craft usually undertaken by a stigmatized mana ethnic group,” says Karbone Shanno in Ethiopia.

Tigist Getahun

Birhan Self-Help Group (SHG) is one of 60 SHGs established since 2012 by Norwegian People’s Aid partner organisation Save Lives (SL) in Sawla town and Demba Gofa District, South Nation Nationality People Region, 475 km south of Addis Ababa.

02 May 2014 description

“Self-defence training enabled me to show full hearted respect and love to my parents and the people I meet. Because of this behavioural change, in my house, my siblings started to follow me as their role model,” says Eyerusalem.

23.04.2014 | HIBIR and Tigist Getahun

02 May 2014 description

Making soap from the aloe vera plant has allowed pastoralist Sago Berger to earn additional income to support his wife and children.

24.04.2014 | Action for Development and Belete Debre

02 May 2014 description

When Darmi Satu’s husband left her and their six children without the means to support themselves, she joined an initiative to generate income from scent wood.

25.04.2014 | SOS Sahel and Belete Debre

The 45-year-old from Yabello Cholksa Pastoralist Association, in the south of Ethiopia admits that when her husband first left for Kenya seeking what she describes as a ‘better life’ she would ‘just wait for him to come back, but this attitude soon changed.’

24 Jan 2011 description

"My uncle locked me inside his compound and prohibited me from going to school. Though it was late, I managed to escape and reached Addis Ababa", says "Emita".

"Thanks to AWSD Safe House and the training I obtained there, I now live a better life by selling k'ollo (toasted grains) to customers".

"Emita" is a 22 year old woman, born in a small village around Jirru town. When she was a little girl she was brought to Jirru to be raised by her uncle, but things didn't turn out well.

30 Nov 2009 description

Executive Summary

This report presents the findings, conclu sions and recommendations of an evaluation of the Norwegian support to Norwegian People's Aid's mine action programmes commissioned by Norad's evaluation provides information on the results of Norwegian People's Aid's humanitarian mine activities, and provides recommendations that can be used in future identification, design, and implementation of humanitarian mine activities.

20 May 2009 description

Ten years of the Mine Ban Treaty: A Success Story

On 1 March 2009, the Mine Ban Treaty celebrated the tenth anniversary of its entry into force as international law. The treaty bans all Anti Personnel mines, requires that States destroy stockpiles within four years of becoming a party, requires clearance of Anti Personnel mines already in the ground within 10 years, and urges support to the victims of mines.

By Stuart Maslen, NPA

The treaty has proved a major success in stigmatising Anti Personnel mines.

15 Apr 2009 description

By Tormod Nuland

On April 2nd 2009, the Ethiopian Ministry for Foreign Affairs announced that the country had completed their destruction of stockpiled Anti-Personnel Mines, two months before the Global June 1st deadline.

Ethiopia has signed the Ottawa Convention banning Anti-Personnel Mines(APs).

05 Jul 2006 description

Felix, a German Shepherd, has been hunting mines now for five years. - It's a marathon every day. The dogs have to be in extremely good physical shape, says dog trainer Håkon Ovland of Norwegian People's Aid.

Text and photos: Fredrik Larsen

The sun blazes down from a cloudless sky and the thermometer has long since passed 30 degrees. A piece of land out in the North Bosnian countryside is soon to become cultivable ground for the local farmers but, before this is possible, all the land mines from the civil war have to be cleared.

07 Feb 2003 description

Prepared by Norwegian People's Aid

13 Sep 1999 description

I. The Landmine Problem Today
II. Determining the Extent of the Problem: Surveys and Assessments
III. Mine Clearance Efforts
IV. Mine Awareness Efforts
V. Mine Action Coordination
VI. Planning Mine Action for a Mine-Free World
Prepared for the Meeting of the Standing Committee of Experts on Mine Clearance
Geneva - 13-15 September 1999
by Norwegian People's Aid, Mine Action
Thematic Coordinator for Landmine Monitor