The DDG has two offices in Tunisia, one in Tunis and one in Zarzis, Medenine and employs 9 local staff and one expat staff. Its activities in Tunisia include Security Provider Dialogue and Cooperation (SPDC), community safety (CS) and SALW (Small arms and Light Weaons) marking and registration. It does not perform any demining or CIED activities in Tunisia.
DDG initially began setting up a border security and management project in July 2014 in the city of Ben Guerdane in Tunisia (located on the border with Libya), in order to focus more on border communities and to address the trans-national character of armed violence and crime in the Sahel-Sahara Region.
Ben Guerdane had been put under increasing stress as a result of the large flow of people across the border in July and the threat that the conflict in Libya could spread to the communities near the Tunisian border.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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