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Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA)

wraLocation: US

Website: http://www.state.gov/t/pm/wra/

Type: US Department of State

The WRA works to reduce the harmful worldwide effects of weapons such as landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), abandoned ordnance, and stockpiled conventional munitions. WRA develops, implements, and monitors policy and programs regarding the threat that these weapons pose.

The WRA funds ground surveys and clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), and assists governments to secure/destroy abandoned munitions. Since 1993, WRA has provided over $2.2 billion in support and remains the world’s largest supporter of CWD programs.

WRA works closely with other U.S. Government agencies, international organizations, NGOs, and private sector partners. More than half of WRA’s humanitarian assistance is in the form of grants to international NGOs.

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.