Closure of DDG program in Côte d'IvoirePresent in Côte d'Ivoire since April 2013, Danish Demining Group (DDG) has completed its last project in the area and has thus closed its programme in Côte d'Ivoire, as of 31 December 2015.
With the support of UNMAS (United Nations Agency for Mine Struggle), DDG has conducted programs in western Côte d'Ivoire since 2013. Recently, it also partnered with the British Embassy in Abidjan to promote community safety and reduce armed violence in areas of intervention.
Some of DDG´s activities in Côte d'Ivoire have included:
- Risk Education: Awareness and risk education activities related to weapons and explosive remnants of war have always been a large part of DDG's programming in the country. In order for communities at risk to be better prepared for the threat, DDG provided training, designed cartoons adapted for children and broacasted radio messages. In total 11,757 people have received such training by DDG.
- Conflict Management Training: 2,218 persons have benefited from conflict management training conducted by DDG. People have expressed a strong interest in this type of activity, which has been strengthened in the months preceding the elections.
- Community Safety Plans: Community safety plans were developed by eight communities that have identified their main security issues and established work plans in order to respond to them and improve the situation.
- Community-Police Dialogue and Cooperation: DDG has facilitated meetings between security forces and civil populations in 29 communities, promoting dialogue and collaboration between them in order to improve the security environment.
DDG also completed the rehabilitation of 4 armouries for the Gendarmerie.
The DDG Coordination Team in Côte d'Ivoire would like to thank our donors and partners who have accompanied us during these three years in the Ivory Coast; national authorities for their commitment and positive support in the activities implementation; and the members of the security services for their continued involvement from the launch of the DDG program. Finally, we wish to commend the efforts of the teams on the ground who have put all their energy and enthusiasm in delivering good results. We hope to have made a difference and wish a good continuation to all the communities we have had the chance to engage with through the years.
DDG will keep its West Africa regional office in Abidjan, together with Danish Refugee Council (DRC). DRC, DDG's parent organization, continues to implement programmes focused on social cohesion and protection in the Bas Sassandra (Tabou) and Cavally (Tai and Toulepleu) areas.
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