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Mines Advisory Group

Mission Statement

MAG* works 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 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.]


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


Our mission is to save lives and build futures by clearing landmines and unexploded bombs, by reducing risk and by supporting improved management of weapons and ammunition, to create secure conditions for development


MAG and its people are:

• Determined: We have principled humanitarian motivations. We have drive and are passionate to deliver more impact for more beneficiaries.

 Expert: We are expert in our areas of technical specialism, and in delivering quality and understanding impact. We are expert in our knowledge of policy and practice in our sector.

• Professional: We adhere to the norms and standards of our discipline, whatever role we perform in MAG. We understand and deliver effectiveness, efficiency and economy.

• Enabling: We are people-led. We are humanitarian and developmental. We listen and are open. We build alliances where it can improve quality or impact for beneficiaries. We respect and develop our people.

• Responsive: We innovate. We are creative in our thinking. We adapt to changing circumstances and needs. We respond to emergencies. We seek out and learn from new information, to change and deliver better results.


1. Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA)

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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 recognized standards in the identification and safe destruction of landmines and other ordnance.

5. 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,].


Programme Description

Impact driven Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) which contributes to the attainment of Government of Laos development planning, enables poverty reduction, socio-economic development and enhances safety within prioritized communities

Contact Details

Address: Ban Sisavath, Thongsangnang Road Vientiane, Lao PDR P.O Box 4660
Telephone: +856 +856 (021) 252004 / 021 251849
Fax: +856 +856 (021) 217505
Contact Person: Blossum Gilmour, Country Director
Other Contact: Khamphout Kanthapanya, Office Manager

General Information

Number of Local Staff: 311->470
Number of Expatriate Staff: 6->10
Average Annual Budget: 5000000 USD
In Lao PDR Since: 1994
Country of Origin: United Kingdom


Mahaxay Khammouane Province

Address: Mahaxay Mahaxay Khammouane Province
Phone: +856 (0) 51 215303 or 856 (0) 20 59571919
Fax: 856 (0) 51 215303
Contact: Lamphane Vannachack Provincial Programme Manager

Phonesavan Xiengkhouang Province

Address: Phonesavan Pek Xiengkhouang Province
Phone: +856 061 213420 or 856(0)20 56637332
Fax: +856(0) 61 213268
Contact: Sivilay Chanthaphoumy Provincial Programme Manager


International Campaign to Ban Landmines ICBL (


There are no partners specified

Projects and Sector of Activities

Title Description Provinces/Districts Sectors/Sub-sectors
Development-led Humanitarian Mine Action in Lao PDR

Start Date: Feb 1st 2010
Lao PDR is included in the group of ‘Least Developed Countries’ and ranks 130 out of 177 in the UN Human Development Index. Two thirds of ...