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HALO Trust

halo trustLocation: UK, with many international offices.


Type: NGO

The HALO Trust is the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organisation. They work to clear communities from the danger posed by landmines, cluster bombs, stockpiles of small arms and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The NGO was originally formed to help the people of Afghanistan in 1988 but now has over 6,000 staff in 19 countries and territories across Africa, Europe and Caucasus, South Asia, Central Asia, South America, and the Middle East. They hope to reach more countries to continue their work.

They appear to have four main areas of work: demining, mine risk education, weapons and ammunition management, and monitoring impact.

Demining is considered their core purpose but in order to deal with the broader debris of war, they are strengthening their work in weapons and ammunition management. They have also been helping governments to manage stockpiles of weapons and dispose of weapons and ammunition. This can greatly reduce the potential for groups to make IEDs.

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) and the Norwegian Government. To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.