Frequently Asked Questions
How do we choose where to work? How many staff do we have? Find the answers to these and more questions about MAG below.
Photo: Sean Sutton/MAG
1. What is MAG?
MAG stands for Mines Advisory Group. We’re a non-profit organisation that works to save and improve lives by reducing the devastating effects armed violence and remnants of conflict have on communities around the world.
MAG is registered as a charitable company in the UK. MAG's company number is 4016409, and our charity number is 1083008.
2. What is MAG’s vision?
MAG's vision is a safe and secure future for men, women and children affected by conflict and insecurity.
3. What is MAG’s mission?
MAG saves lives and builds futures by clearing landmines and unexploded bombs, by reducing risk and by supporting improved management of weapons and ammunition to create secure conditions for development.
4. How does MAG choose where to work?
MAG would go into any country, during or after conflict, if it is safe enough to do so and providing we have the funds. We believe that where there are conflicts there are innocent lives suffering, so any country affected by a current or past conflict can be a target for our aid.
We also work with relief agencies and other non-governmental organisations to ensure that areas are safe before they carry out their own life-saving work.
5. How many people work for MAG?
We have around 2,500 staff worldwide, most of whom are local to the regions and countries in which we work. Training and employment of local staff means that we can put salaries back into communities affected by conflict.
We also have more than 100 expatriate staff made up of bomb disposal experts, managers and trainers. At our headquarters in Manchester, UK we have around 50 staff – this structure keeps our administration costs low.
6. How is MAG funded?
Most of our funds come from institutional donors, international governments, foundations and other charities. This income tends to be restricted to specific programmes and projects.
However, to enable MAG to react quickly in emergency situations, or to cover the costs of projects where other funding isn’t available, we need ‘unrestricted’ income, which gives MAG the flexibility to spend funds where the need is greatest. We ask the public to support us in this way, as this flexible income can help us react to emergencies as quickly as possible.