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Somaliland Mine Action Centre (SMAC)

Location: Somaliland

Type: Police

SMAC was established in 1997 with the assistance of the UNDP. SMAC is responsible for all demining activities in Somaliland. Action on demining has seen SMAC collaborate with HALO, police EOD teams as well as DDG.

They particpate in raising awareness as well as clearance alongside the above organisations.

In 2014, five police EOD teams were operational in Somaliland. UNMAS continued to support the teams with funding, equipment, and training, which was scheduled to continue through to October 2015.

Much of the activities in regard to mine action now focus on IEDs as they have become far greater risks to police and security in Somalia, as well as civilians who are also significantly impacted by Al Shabaab IED use.

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.