Making communities safer builds resilience and facilitates long-term development
For vulnerable communities, conflict, instability and armed violence are not simply threats to life and existence. Conflict removes access to resources, and limits freedom of movement. It stunts development. It also instils and spreads fear, despair and disempowerment among the most vulnerable.
Vicious circles can form, with violence leading to loss of livelihood, burgeoning recruitment into armed groups, and perpetuating conflict. The ability and will of states and duty bearers with responsibility to protect shrivels. And humanitarian access to the most vulnerable is threatened.
Where conflict has passed, its legacy remains in the form of physical and psychological damage, mistrust, and lands contaminated with landmines and explosive remnants of war and left unusable sometimes for generations.
Making communities safer builds resilience, improves human security, and facilitates long-term development.
DCA works with communities to reduce the threat and consequence of conflict and armed violence by removing threats to security, improving access to blocked resources, providing victim assistance and strengthening state and community capacities. DCA liaises with communities throughout the project cycle to produce maximum impact on the ground. As you can see from this approach, the work in this area is about the people, not the weapon.
We call this approach safer communities. That is what DCA mine action is all about.
Our approach builds on the integration of the following elements:
DCA Mine Action has been operational since 1999, working in countries such as Albania, Angola, Burundi, Burma/Myanmar, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Kosovo, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria.
Clearance of Mines and ERW carried out and prioritized in accordance with community needs, national priorities and International Mine Action Standards.
Risk Education to make communities living in areas affected by ERW contamination and small arms proliferation safer.
Armed Violence Reduction reduces and prevents occurrence of armed violence and reduce the social, economic, and psychological impact of armed violence.
Victim assistance enables victims of armed conflict to be reintegrated into society; either through physical or socioeconomic rehabilitation.
Community Based Psychosocial Support increases the psychological resilience of conflict affected communities
Physical Security and Stockpile Management removes the threat posed to communities by unsafe storage of weapons and explosives.
Emergency response means being able to deliver time-critical humanitarian responses in crisis and conflicts areas.