The Danish Demining Group (DDG) have established a Border Security and Management programme (BSM) in the Sahel region, covering Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. The BSM aims to reduce armed violence through increased border security and management capacity. The operation is conducted with the support from Denmark, the UK, and the US. They have three offices in Mali – in Gao, Koro and Mondoro. It is hoped that the programme will result in better cross-border communication and cooperation and improved security presence and responsiveness.
The DDG has also been involved in sensitizing communities to the risks associated with ERW, particularly in Douentza, Menaka, and Gao-Labezzanga axis. Within Northern Mali, the DDG are working to promote better trust between communities and security providers to promote cooperation, such as information sharing, and to enhance security.[i]
[i] Mine Action, ‘Border Communities at Risk: Reducing Armed Violence in Northern Mali’, 2016, http://www.mineaction.org/resources/project/6489
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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