«We were told from one day to another that we were a cooperative,” says Jorge. “We had no clue how to do it. When we were going to distribute our income after the first month some of the partners suggested we should share everything between us. Then a bright head said; but then we won’t have any money to invest in new commodities for next month!”he throws his head back, laughing.
On the 10th of August 2015, NPA Colombia signed an agreement with the European Union for support to the Pilot Project on Humanitarian Demining; a historic collaboration between the Colombian Government and FARC-EP on the clearance of mines and explosives. The EU will support the project with EUR 4,000,000 and the starting day of the grant was 22nd of May 2015 and it has a duration of 18 months.
Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines , a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.
Our long standing partner Professor Sam Moyo passed away in India on the 21st November 2015.
Meet some of the impressive Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD), and their expert handlers, who are currently sniffing out cluster munition remnants and other potentially lethal explosive remnants of war (ERW) in Vietnam. The dogs and their handlers are on loan from Cambodia as part of a trial project funded by Sweden / the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The project demonstrates the effectiveness of the use of dogs, alongside manual and mechanical clearance assets, as a potential tool to address ERW and enable land to be returned to communities, free from danger.
During the four months of the trial implementation in Quang Tri Province, with support from Project RENEW’s field searchers, the EED team has surveyed and cleared 279,000m² of land in two districts of Cam Lo and Hai Lang. A total of 336 items of ERW, including 263 cluster munitions and 73 other explosive devices, were found and safely destroyed in the process.
On 09 November 2015 the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) Humanitarian Disarmament Programme in Zimbabwe reached a milestone with the disposal of landmine number 1000.
This week, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team of Norwegian People’s Aid Vietnam’s Explosive Remnants of War Risk Reduction Project (ERRP) in partnership with Thua Thien Hue Province safely destroyed two items of U.S. MK82 aerial bombs, each item weighed 500 pounds, at their demolition site in Tan Hoi Village, Dien Loc Commune of Phong Dien District.
Three UN resolutions on nuclear weapons were adopted by an overwhelming majority at the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday night (GMT). Despite warnings from the parliamentary majority and Norwegian NGOs, the Norwegian Government completed a sensational political shift in Norwegian nuclear weapons policy and did not support any of the three resolutions.
In the upcoming Myanmar Election, a local group supported by NPA is running a campaign to inspire more voters to vote for female candidates.
Norwegian People’s Aid would like to express its sincerest congratulations to Tunisian dialogue quartet, for being winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.