Safer communities

Making communities safer builds resilience and facilitates long-term development

458,253 people benefitted from
Risk Education

104,166 people benefitted from
Mine Clearance

180,222 people benefitted from 
Armed Violence Reduction

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.

Building resilience

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

Our approach builds on the integration of the following elements:

  • Clearance of Land Mines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW)
  • Risk Education
  • Armed Violence Reduction
  • Victim Assistance
  • Community Based Psychosocial Support
  • Physical Security and Stockpile Management
  • Emergency responses 

Download the programme policy here

How we work with safer communities

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

Clearance of Mines and ERW carried out and prioritized in accordance with community needs, national priorities and International Mine Action Standards.

Risk Education

Risk Education to make communities living in areas affected by ERW contamination and small arms proliferation safer.

Armed Violence Reduction

Armed Violence Reduction reduces and prevents occurrence of armed violence and reduce the social, economic, and psychological impact of armed violence. 

Victim assistance

Victim assistance enables victims of armed conflict to be reintegrated into society; either through physical or socioeconomic rehabilitation.

Community Based Psychosocial Support

Community Based Psychosocial Support increases the psychological resilience of conflict affected communities

Physical Security and Stockpile Management

Physical Security and Stockpile Management removes the threat posed to communities by unsafe storage of weapons and explosives.

Emergency response

Emergency response means being able to deliver time-critical humanitarian responses in crisis and conflicts areas.

Where we work with safer communities