“Thanks to IT equipment, software training and technical expertise provided by FSD in information management procedures, the Chadian mine action authority has been able to consolidate years of survey reports and improve efficiency and tasking across all de-mining operations in Chad."

Mr Hassan Oumar Mahamat, Head of IMSMA, HCND Chad
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FSD's programme in Chad supports the national mine action centre to enable coordination of clearance, mapping and survey, and release of safe land to the community. This is done through mentoring and training from FSD's team of technical experts direct to national authority staff.

Capacity building

Since 2017, FSD has provided support to the Chadian government for the coordination of mine action. FSD experts assist the Chadian authorities in developing an effective demining strategy, as well as in putting in place the administrative, technical and information management measures necessary to make this strategy a reality.

Why Chad ?

Chad is one of the countries most affected by mines and explosive remnants of war in sub-Saharan Africa. This contamination dates mainly from the conflict with Libya between 1978 and 1987 and from several civil wars which have affected the country over the years. More than 3,100 people have been injured or killed in accidental explosions to date. Nomadic communities and camel herders are particularly threatened, risking their lives when they have to cross infested areas.

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FSD in Chad

Due to the considerable contamination affecting Chad, the European Union funds a four-year aid project in order to support development of the whole mine action sector. A consortium project was set up in 2017, involving four organizations: the local NGO SECADEV, which deals with victim assistance; Mine Action Group (MAG) and Humanity & Inclusion (HI), both responsible for mine clearance and risk education; and FSD, whose mission is to strengthen the capacities of the Chadian government in coordination and management of mine action. The sector is indeed facing many challenges.

FSD's team in N’Djamena works closely with the staff of the national mine action authority. FSD's expertise is used to strengthen the following areas: planning and prioritisation of clearance operations by HI and MAG, support to information management and database control, fulfilling Ottawa Treaty obligations and mentoring and training of the National authority in good practice for human resources, admin and finance, and operations management.

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So that she doesn't risk her life with every step.

“I was playing outside with some friends when one of them picked up a piece of metal lying on the floor. Suddenly there was an explosion. We all fell to the ground. I felt like I had been hit in the back. ” Sanita, 11 years old. 

Like Sanita, many children walk in areas contaminated with landmines and unexploded ordnance on a daily basis. Since 1997, FSD has worked tirelessly to locate and eliminate these dangerous legacies of war around the world, and to prevent accidents through awareness campaigns. FSD also remediates sites polluted by toxic waste, and supports peace and development in conflict-affected countries.

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