What we do
The Danish Demining Group (DDG) is widely recognised as a provider of efficient and community-oriented solutions to human security problems caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war, as well as small arms and light weapons.
We work with and within communities in some of the world’s most conflict affected countries to improve their livelihoods and enable economic and social development.
Armed Violence Reduction
DDG’s Armed Violence Reduction operations are based on the Geneva Declaration of Armed Violence and Development and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Armed Violence Lens, which depicts the essence of the elements and levels that shape patterns of armed violence:
- People: DDG applies bottom-up approaches, focusing on the security needs and perceptions of the individuals, communities and societies impacted by armed violence;
- Agents: DDG uncovers and addresses drivers for armed violence;
- Instruments: DDG addresses the accessibility and availability of small arms and light weapons and explosive remnants of war;
- Institutions: DDG works to positively impact formal institutions and informal cultural norms, rules and practices that can protect against or enable violence.
DDG operates with five intervention areas within its Armed Violence Reduction framework:
- Building local institutions for safety;
- Addressing small arms and light weapons as tools of violence;
- Building capacity for conflict management and peace;
- Addressing the threat posed by mines and other explosive remnants of war;
- Improving security provision.
DDG’s work with small arms and light weapons follows the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) best practice guidelines.
DDG’s Mine Action operations are based on the Ottawa Convention’s Five Pillars of Mine Action, namely:
- Clearance of mines and unexploded ordnance;
- Mine Risk Education;
- Victim assistance;
- Stockpile destruction.
All work is executed according to the highest technical standards, security considerations and with respect for community priorities.
DDG operations are accredited according to International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) and, where available, to National Technical Standards (NTSG). DDG’s Standard Operational Procedures are based on IMAS. DDG maintains a very low accident record and never compromises safety to reach other objectives.