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Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)

npaLocation: Youngstorget, Oslo


Type: NGO

With their work on humanitarian disarmament, NPA in concerned with three particular areas:

  • Mine Action,
  • Arms Management and Destruction,
  • and Humanitarian Disarmament Initiatives

These three areas aim to cover the lifecycle of weapons, and hence aid in stemming the violence being caused, as well as further prevention.

In this work they use many techniques, from risk education and research, to clearance and advocacy.

NPA has worked on projects across the globe, delivering these techniques to destroy landmines, UXO and IEDs.

NPA are part of many networks related to this work, such as the Cluster Munition Coalition, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and the International Network on Explosive Weapons.

In Colombia, NPA have been asked to lead of projects dedicated to removing mines, IEDs and other UXO from Colombia. NPA is coordinated a team consisting of representatives of the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP, deployed in El Orejon, Antioquia.

NPA have also been involved with the recent humanitarian disarmament efforts in Iraq and have an operational base there. They aim to support decontamination efforts and capacity building. There is specific concern in Iraq due to the increasing use of IEDs, which poses dangers to delivering aid as well as for displaced persons being able to return home.

Currently NPA is conducting Battle Area Clearance ( BAC ), Non-Technical Survey ( NTS ) and Risk Education ( RE ) in the provinces of Missan and Basra. Mapping and clearing cluster munitions is the priority, and NPA hopes to eradicate the cluster munition problem in Missan by 2017.

By the end of 2015, more than 2700 explosive items have been found and destroyed safely, benefitting more than 2300 persons in southern Iraq.

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.