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Humanitarian Disarmament in Angola

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NPA Humanitarian Disarmament Programme Angola female deminers land their legs to support the MBT. 

Angola is a State Party to the MBT and a signatory to the CCM. MBT Article 5 clearance deadline: 1 January 2018

More than three decades of internal conflicts have left Angola with one of the world's most serious landmine/UXO problems. Eight heavily mined provinces cover nearly 50% of the country in a band from the northwest border with the Congo to the southeast border with Namibia. These mines were planted by combatants to destroy or deny access to Angola's infrastructure. Mines are concentrated around roads, railways, bridges, and public facilities such as schools, churches, water supply points, and health care facilities. These mines hinder humanitarian aid programs, economic reconstruction, and the resettlement of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP).


NPA has been operating in Angola since 1989 delivering emergency aid during the war and from 2002 concentrating its efforts on building a stronger civil society. NPA Humanitarian Disarmament Programme Angola started in 1995 and has since been one of the most important international demining agencies in Angola. NPA Mine Action's long history and dedicated work has given NPA a credibility that makes it possible for us to reach ambitious goals in cooperation with our partners and together with Angolan authorities at different levels.

Fast facts 

After more than 15 years in Angola, NPA is still clearing school yards, mine affected communities, agricultural areas and providing local communities access to clean water.

Currently, NPA’s main focus is less on large scale full clearance, and more on the development of methodologies for Land Release to release impacted land via Non-Technical Survey and Technical Survey utilizing its remaining mechanical and manual demining capacities in a more focused, effective, and cost-efficient manner. Additionally, NPA supports national authorities on land release policy, survey, and capacity building training in these areas.

The NPA Humanitarian Disarmament Programme  Angola is used as a distribution platform for awareness about cross-cutting issues like HIV/AIDS prevention, gender equality to support women’s equal rights and protection of the environment.

Personnel: 126 local employees, two international staff. The programme consisting of two manual demining teams, mechanical team with two Mini MineWolf machines (flail & tiller), Casspir vehicles, one Combined Survey/Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams, logistics personnel, medics and communication as well as administrative staff.

U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA) Statoil, Norwegian Multinational Oil and Gas Company, ConocoPhillips, American Multinational Energy Corporation.

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