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About MAG

Clearing UXO in Juba, Sudan

MAG (Mines Advisory Group) is a neutral and impartial humanitarian organisation, registered as a charitable company in the UK and co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.

We work to tackle the destructive legacy of violence and conflict; to release land for food production; to increase safe access to vital resources like water, education and health services; and to build a better future for women, men and children alike.

MAG* has worked in more than 40 countries since 1989 and we currently have operations in Angola, Burundi, Cambodia, ChadDemocratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Iraq, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, LibyaSomaliaSouth Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Vietnam.

MAG is co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded for our work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which culminated in the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty – the international agreement that bans anti-personnel landmines, sometimes referred to as the Ottawa Convention.

[* Pronounced "mag", as in magazine, rather than M.A.G.]

Photo: Preparing the controlled demolition of a unexploded ordnance cleared from an area around a weapons store in Juba, South Sudan 2011. [J.B. Russell / MAG]

MAG's vision

A safe and secure future for men, women and children affected by armed violence and conflict.

MAG's mission statement

MAG saves lives and builds futures by working with others to:

• Reclaim land contaminated with the remnants of conflict
• Find ways to reduce the daily risk of death or injury for civilians
• Create safe and secure conditions for development, free from armed violence

MAG's values

MAG values are fundamental and enduring; they express what
we believes in and how we behave. There is no hierarchy:
they are each of equal importance. MAG and its people are:

• Quality-driven and professional
• Humanitarian and developmental
• Effective, efficient and economical
• Transparent and accountable
• People-led and impact-focussed

The difference MAG makes

Humanitarian mine action

MAG has been a world leader in the clearance of landmines and other explosive debris of conflict for more than 20 years, identifying these as deadly threats to both physical safety and development.

Our pioneering approach to working with communities on the clearance of their land – for its safe release back into food production, human settlement or infrastructure – is essential to sustainable development after conflict.

Case study: SRI LANKA: Community rebirth in war-torn Mullaitivu

Weapons disposal and security

Finding and destroying unsecured, and often unstable, stockpiles of small arms and light weapons and ammunition is an integral part of our mission.

Working with national authorities, MAG destroys surplus weaponry that threatens not only surrounding communities but also local and regional stability.

We provide training to security and police forces in weapons management and storage, reducing the risk of misuse and misappropriation.

Case study:  BURUNDI: Living amongst ammunition

Education for life

We work with communities affected by conflict to identify safe strategies to reduce the daily risk of accidental injury and death. We develop and deliver tailored safety messages on the ground for those most at risk.

Case study: LIBYA: Starting the school year with Risk Education

Future capacity

MAG cannot be present forever, and actively seeks opportunities to work with local and national partners (both non-governmental organisations and national authorities) to build capacity for the future.

MAG passes on its expertise by, for example, training local women and men to internationally recognised standards in the identification and safe destruction of landmines and other ordnance.

Case study: MAG Sri Lanka’s female deminers tell their stories

Conflict and poverty

One-and-a-half billion people live in countries affected by armed violence, conflict and instability.

Poverty rates are 20 per cent higher in countries affected by repeated cycles of violence over the last three decades. No low income, fragile or conflict-affected country has yet achieved a single Millennium Development Goal.

People living in countries currently affected by armed violence and conflict are twice as likely to be undernourished, 50 per cent more likely to be impoverished, and their children are three times as likely to be out of school [The World Development Report 2011,].

Case study: LAO PDR: Targeted clearance aims to reduce poverty

See also:

Development impact and the Millennium Development Goals: making a significant and positive difference to people living with the remnants of conflict.

National importance – capacity building: improving the skills and broadening the experience of countries' workforces.

Regional stability: unregulated arms can lead to violence, insurgency, terrorism or, ultimately, widespread conflict.

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MAG (Mines Advisory Group) saves and improves lives by reducing the devastating effects armed violence and remnants of conflict have on people around the world.
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Co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize  |  Registered as a charitable company in the UK  |  Company no: 4016409  Charity no: 1083008  |  ISO 9001:2008 accredited  |  International Mine Action Standards compliant  |  Signatory of the ICRC Code of Conduct  |  Member of the Fundraising Standards Board scheme  |  Registered office: Suite 3A, South Central, 11 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR, United Kingdom