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.

And we work in communities to reduce the risk of armed violence through weapons and ammunition management programmes which keep guns and munitions safe and secure.

Since 1989, MAG has helped over 20 million people in 70 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

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

People will live in communities where their rights are upheld, with dignity and choice and free from fear from mines, explosive remnants of war (ERW) and the impact of small arms and light weapons and ammunition.

Our mission

MAG’s mission is to save lives and build safer futures. 

We will use our core skills and distinctive competence to save lives through the removal of mines and ERW, and reduce the impact of small arms, light weapons and ammunition on people and communities. How we do this is as important as what we do — we work primarily with and for communities, for us ‘it’s all about people’.

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 an office 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.

Discover more about our history.

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.

Strategic Plan

MAG (Mines Advisory Group) is committed to a clear, bold and exciting direction over the coming five years. Our Strategic Plan describes what we aim to achieve, building on a strong past and setting an ambitious vision for the future.

Read our 2018 - 2023 Strategic Plan, updated following a mid-term review.