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Optima Group in Mali

Location: Mali

Type: Private


In September 2014 Optima Group was contracted to deliver Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Awareness Training to MINUSMA forces in Mali.

Optima Group provided a team of 12 C-IED and Search experts for the six-week training. Within this time, they trained approximately 2500 troops from a variety of nations, providing them with the understanding and awareness necessary to reduce the threat from IEDs.

As of February 2016 a total of 3,159 peacekeeping troops had received the training.

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.