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Golden West Humanitarian Foundation

GWHF-WEB-TEST-13Location: Woodland Hills, California, US


Type: NGO

The Golden West Humanitarian Foundation was formed in 1998 to address the critical shortfalls in heavily mine-impacted countries across the globe.

Their work includes:

  • Pioneering a solution to recycle unexploded ordnance in Cambodia
  • Publishing a UXO awareness book for children

As well as providing:

  • engineering solutions
  • technical training
  • expert consultancy
  • field operations
  • munitions risk education
  • a quick reaction force.

Golden West aim to aid in safeguarding ‘the lives and livelihoods of men, women and children residing in areas contaminated with landmines and unexploded ordnance through the development of innovative and practical materials and technologies designed to combat these life threatening munitions’.

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.