DDG has been operating in Somalia on mine clearance and mine risk education since 1999, when it began work in Somaliland. Mine clearance in Somaliland continued until 2006. After this, work focused on clearing UXO village-by-village, and successfully encouraged locals to hand over UXO, through education and advocacy initiatives. DDG’s work is focused around Mogadishu and Galkayo. They have worked in Mogadishu since October 2007 on setting up a humanitarian mine action programme, with mine risk education provided to locals and IDPs. Their work in Galkayo began in 2010, though there mine action in the Galkayo did not begin until September 2011.
Demining projects run by the DDG have also operated in rural Puntland districts, including demining Galgodob, and mine risk education and community safety elsewhere.
They have 266 local staff and 12 expat staff operating from 14 offices throughout the country.
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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