The sector relates to two specialized fields: Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding. HDP covers the sub-sectors of Mine Action, Weapons and Ammunitions Management (WAM), Conflict Management and Security Governance.
The aim of the HDP sector is to contribute to the fields of disarmament and peacebuilding through a focus on the safety and security of communities affected by displacement and conflict.
DRC works to clear land contaminated by landmines and unexploded ammunition in some of the world’s most conflict-ridden areas and supports efforts to lower the risks from small arms and light weapons. We work to create awareness, restore trust, facilitate dialogue, and ensure collaboration that reduces tensions that may lead to violence. DRC’s support to communities threatened by conflict and its aftermath, including advocating for civilians’ rights in conflict, and against indiscriminate attacks and the proliferation of weaponry.
HDP’s mine action operations are based on the Ottawa Convention’s Five Pillars of Mine Action:
Zully is one of many female deminers working in DRC. The meaningful work makes the community safer, and also means that Zully can be a breadwinner for her family and be a role model for other women.
Mark and Erik were only four and six years old when they lost their father to a landmine. Today, five years later, they still remember the hot summer day in 2015 when their father left for the field in his tractor and never returned. He was 40 years old.
The Turkana and Pokot regions in north-western Kenya used to be a ‘battleground’, where different ethnic groups raided one another's livestock. Since DRC’s Humanitarian Disarmament & Peacebuilding team began working in the region, a fragile peace has been achieved.