MAG is pleased to join DanChurchAid (DCA), Danish Demining Group (DDG), Fédération Suisse de Déminage (FSD), The HALO Trust, Humanity and Inclusion (HI), and Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) to present the second edition of the Standardising Beneficiary Definitions in Humanitarian Mine Action report [available in English and French].

The guide is an effort to establish common definitions of beneficiaries of mine action activities, drawing from best practices in mine action programmes worldwide. Emphasis has been given to gender, age and disability and new sections are included relating to victim assistance and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). 

The initial 2016 sections on risk education and land release were thoroughly reviewed and terminology updated to reflect latest developments. Extensive consultations for this guide were also made with Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

The report was launched on Tuesday 24 November at a virtual event hosted by NPA and chaired by Aidan Liddle, the British Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

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The Standardising Beneficiary Definitions Virtual Launch Event

The report was also discussed at the 24th International Meeting of Mine Action National Directors and United Nations Advisers in May, 2021.

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