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26 Oct 2017 description

Executive Summary

General Findings

  • The anticipated return of up to 250,000 Somali refugees from Kenya into southern Somalia in 2017 or later is not expected to trigger or exacerbate large-scale communal or political conflict in the short term. But in the longer term the return will intensify pressure on some very dangerous and unresolved faultlines in Somalia, related to land, identity, rights, and demography.

25 Oct 2017 description

A £7 million project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) aims to contribute to security sector reform in fragile parts of Somalia. This will involve strengthening the capacity and accountability of the Somali Police Force at federal state level and improving access to justice through more representative and able traditional and modern justice mechanisms.

11 Dec 2014 description

Introduction of gun locks and safety storage devices to community members through a locally established security committee has led to the improvement of security within Gardo, in the Puntland region of Somalia. The Danish Demining Group (DDG) in partnership with the security committee has sensitized community members on the benefits of using the gun locks as part of conflict prevention and fire arm safety education.

11 Dec 2014 description

DDG’s conflict resolution and mediation activities have resulted in several peace agreements and a ceasefire among rival sub-clans in the Belet Xawa district in Somalia.

The violence witnessed in the district was a consequence of a power struggle among the borders of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. This conflict has caused mass displacement, closure of businesses and public services and the division among two Somali sub-clans.

13 Nov 2013 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report provides the findings of an extensive research exercise carried out in 12 communities in Somaliland in March 2013. The research aimed to determine:

  • Whether there had been an improvement or deterioration in people’s perceived levels of safety and security in their communities since DDG had first engaged with them, and if so, what was the evidence of improvement/deterioration.

04 Jul 2013 description

In Dollow, a small town in Somalia on the Ethiopian border, weapons are traditionally a standard household item. War has ravaged this part of the world for decades and generations have been born into conflict, revenge, fighting and insecurity – a frontline culture, explains Danish Demining Group’s Community Safety leader in the area.

30 Sep 2012 description

INTRODUCTION

Danish Demining Group (DDG) first started mine clearance operations in Somaliland in 1999, to reduce the impact of mines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) on affected communities. Between 1999 and 2008, DDG cleared approximately 1,400 km2 of land and destroyed 91,000 items of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and 10,000 mines.1 In 2006,

06 Jun 2012 description

Educating children and their mothers in Somalia on how to identify and manage threats from unexploded ordnance explosive devices has become increasingly important as the Al Shabaab movement has changes its strategies towards militia warfare using improvised explosive devices. The mine action unit within the Danish Refugee Council aims to reach 225,000 children during this and next year teaching them how to avoid the danger of explosives.

30 May 2012 description

The Trans Federal Government in Somalia has decided to join the Mine Ban Treaty of the United Nations. The mine action unit within the Danish Refugee Council recognizes and supports the development.

Somalia is one of the regions in Africa most contaminated by mines. As the last African country to officially ban use of landmines, Somalia has now agreed to destroy all stockpiles no later than 1 October 2016 and to clear all contaminated land no later than 1 October 2022.

02 Feb 2012 description
  1. DDG’s objectives, partners and stakeholders in the Area of Operation DDG has been working in Somalia since 2009.

Strategic Objectives:

  • To reduce the threat caused by landmines and ERW in Puntland, Galmudug and SC Somalia with an efficient, effective and flexible DDG mine action capacity.

  • To enhance human security and community safety in Puntland, Galmudug and SC Somalia through the implementation of armed violence reduction (AVR) initiatives.

25 Jan 2012 description

The Danish Refugee Council hereby confirms that Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted have been rescued earlier today during an operation in Somalia. American Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted from Denmark are on their way to be reunited with their families.

After being held hostage for three months American citizen Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted from Denmark have today successfully been rescued from their kidnappers in Somalia.

The two aid workers from the Danish Refugee Council’s demining unit, DDG, are both unharmed and at a safe location.

28 Oct 2011 description

During the past few days, Danish and international media have published the names of the two kidnapped staff members of the Danish Refugee Council’s demining unit in Somalia.

The Danish Refugee Council has confirmed the names of the two employees, while at the same time, strongly encouraging media to showing respect, and restraint and to understand the need for confidentiality as investigations are ongoing.

25 Oct 2011 description

25.10.11

Today, three staff members from the Danish Refugee Council were kidnapped by Somalian gunmen in the northern Somalia.

At 3:00 p.m. the three staff members from the Danish Refugee Council’s demining unit, Danish Demining Group, were kidnapped in northern Somalia, Galkayo. One is a Somali man, two are international staff members, an American woman and a Danish man.

12 Aug 2011 description

As the security situation continues to deteriorate in Somalia, humanitarian organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to achieve their desired results. Working conditions for these organizations in Somalia are particularly harsh, even when compared to those in other developing countries. Humanitarian-aid workers must accept these risks as a fundamental requirement of their involvement, and donors must be prepared to take more chances in these environments as well.

10 Jun 2011 description

International efforts in the so-called fragile states are changing. From being characterised by a line of single components, the debate is now focused on joined intervention and an integrated approach to create safety and development. For the Danish Demining Group and the Danish Refugee Council, stabilisation begins with creating safety in the villages of Somalia.

By Klaus Ljoerring Pedersen Regional director, Danish Demining Group (DDG), Horn of Africa

14 Feb 2011 description

14.02.11

Category: Africa, DDG, Press releases, East and Central Africa

After years of continued work to clear Uganda for landmines, the Central-African nation is close to the aim of being declared mine free. However, renewed support is needed for Uganda to be able to live up to the international Mine Ban Treaty.

Mid-2012 is when Uganda is committed to declaring the Central-African nation mine free.

27 Jul 2010 description

Executive Summary

Between August 2008 and August 2009, data was collected and analysed across Somaliland in order to improve understanding of community safety and small arms and light weapons in Somaliland. Data has been collected from 157 communities in 32 districts and the data set includes a total of 2846 household questionnaires and 281 focus group and key informant interviews with key players in the field of community safety, such as the police, civil society organisations, the UN and traditional and religious leaders.

14 Apr 2010 description

Executive Summary

This paper was written to evaluate a community safety programme implemented by the Danish Demining Group (DDG) in Somaliland between May 2008 and February 2010.

11 Feb 2010 description

1. INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this paper is to interpret the findings from the Danish Demining Group (DDG) & the Small Arms Survey (SAS) (2009): "Community Safety & Small Arms in Somaliland" and to recommend interventions to address the problems identified.1 Since DDG has indications that the findings are largely true for Puntland and South Central Somalia as well, the recommendations are believed to also be applicable for these areas.2

2.