Mine Action Applications (MApps)

Linking Communities to Mine Action Through Digital Platforms

The Danish Demining Group (DDG) is developing an innovative two-way communication web portal and parallel SMS service that aims to improve the service provision and exchange between the people living in conflict-affected communities and the mine action personnel assisting these communities.

Through the web portal, affected communities can report Explosive Remnants of War (ERWs) they have discovered in their community, the need for victim assistance or other assistance related to ERWs to mine action authorities working in their area.

In addition to more and more people globally using mobile technology and the internet in their daily lives, some of the key advantages of using digital tools for information exchange in mine action is the relatively cheap cost, the possibility of more dynamic and timely information sharing and the ability to transcend frontlines and hard-to-reach areas. 

The mine action applications currently consist of the following prototype products:

  • A web portal connected to SMS and email interfaces for public information exchange;
  • A report information management system for managing incoming reports connected to the web portal and for easy export to other mine action information management systems like IMSMA;
  • A two-way communication Android app is also currently under development.

MApps is a global pilot project that seeks to test the innovation in the three scenarios where mine action typically takes place: 1) the emergency scenario 2) protracted crisis scenario and, 3) the development scenario.

The overall objective of the global project is to expand the experiences and insights on how the mine action sector can harness the benefits of utilizing digital platforms for increasing and enhancing information sharing between mine- and ERW-affected populations and mine action operators. Should the pilots prove successful, DDG aspires to scale the innovation to all mine- and ERW-affected countries where DDG operates.

Globally, DDG partners with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), CartONG and Social Impact Lab (SIMlab) on the pilot project. 

The global pilot project is funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), A.P. Moeller and Wife Chastine Mc-Kinney Moeller Foundation, UNICEF, Orient Foundation as well as Danish Refugee Council and Danish Demining Group’s own funds. 

Visual illustration of the MApps project: