The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is a global humanitarian and advocacy organisation that finds, removes and destroys landmines, cluster munitions and unexploded bombs from places affected by conflict.

MAG also provides education programmes, particularly for children, so people can live, work and play as safely as a possible until they clear the land.

Since 1989, MAG has helped over 18 million people in 68 countries rebuild their lives and livelihoods after war.

We believe it is unacceptable that millions of people are trapped in danger and poverty for years after wars end.

We aim to help communities get on with their lives, and get back their futures.

Our vision

Our vision is a safe future for women, men and children affected by violence, conflict and insecurity.

People should live in communities where their rights are upheld, with dignity and choice, and free from fear of mines, unexploded bombs and the impact of small arms and light weapons.

Our mission

Our mission is to save lives and build safer futures.

We do this by clearing landmines, cluster munitions and other unexploded bombs and by reducing the impact on communities of small arms, light weapons and ammunition.

Our history

In 1989, two brothers – Rae and Lou McGrath – felt compelled to do something to protect people from the crippling and often fatal threat of landmines. Their solution was to set up MAG, which they ran from a caravan near Cockermouth in England's Lake District.

More than a quarter of a century later, this lifesaving work continues and MAG has evolved into a major international operation. We have been pioneers in the development of approaches that put communities at the heart of decision-making, new detection methods and mechanical demining.

In 1997, MAG shared the Nobel Peace Prize for its role in banning landmines.

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Our Values

Principled We adhere to the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, placing people affected by armed conflict and violence at the heart of our work. 

Agile We react quickly and efficiently to changes so that we always offer the right solutions.

Determined We are resolute in our desire to use our skills and resources to benefit those most vulnerable to armed conflict and violence.

Expert We focus on areas where we have knowledge and expertise, and build on this foundation.

Professional We adhere to and measure ourselves against internationally-recognised sector standards.

Enabling We aim to empower and support those most affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.