The MAPA workforce totals around 6398 people working to make Afghanistan free of mines and ERW by March 2023. In total 49 national and international humanitarian as well as commercial entities are delivering activities such as survey and mine clearance, M/ERW risk education, victim assistance, capacity building, advocacy, M&E, and training. Out of these ATC, DAFA, DDG, HALO Trust, MCPA, MDC, and OMAR are the major mine action partners in Afghanistan.

Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC)


Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC) is the first humanitarian demining NGO that was established in 1989 by the request of the United Nations to clear Afghanistan from landmines and other explosive remnants of war. ATC is registered with the Government of Afghanistan and accredited by UNMAS and the Directorate for Mine Action Coordination of the Afghan Government.

Provinces in which the organization is active: Kabul, Parwan, Laghman, Nangarhar, Kunar, Khost, Paktya, Kundoz and Baghlan.
What we do: Risk Education, Survey and Land Release by Manual, Mechanical, EOD, BAC and Mine Detection Dogs.
Number of Staff: 550
Office locations: Kabul, Parwan, Hirat, Kundoz, Gardiz, Khost.

Mr. Kefayattullah Eblagh, Director
Email: or
Address: Kabul Riverbank Road, Macro Rayan-1, Ward 16 Kabul Afghanistan

Danish Demining Group – Afghanistan (DDG)


The Danish Demining Group (DDG) is the specialized Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) and Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) unit within the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). DDG has been working in Afghanistan since 1999 to provide lifesaving services through Land Release, Demining and Risk Education. 

Provinces in which the organization is active: Kabul, Herat, Farah, Nimroz, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Balkh, Samangan.

What we do: Removal of explosive hazards in conflict-affected communities through manual clearance of minefields and battlefields, Technical and Non-technical survey, Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Risk Education (RE) to conflict-affected populations including to Afghan returnees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities, and Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD). DDG also deploys mechanical assets (Mini MineWolf, Front-End loader, Excavators) to support the clearance and land release of impacted lands. In addition to traditional Mine Action pillars, DDG engages in Armed Violence Reduction and Community Safety programming which includes Conflict Management Education and Mediation, Youth Programming and Community Safety Planning.

Number of Staff: 192 DDG Staff (including 62 joint support staff) & 2 ex-pats and 190 national staff
Office locations: Kabul city: Head Office of DRC-DDG and DDG’s main training camp.

Ms. Radwa Rabie, Head of Program DDG- Afghanistan
Address: Borgergade 10, 1300 Copenhagen, Denmark

The HALO Trust (HALO)


HALO introduced to the world the concept of humanitarian mine clearance in 1988 and has continued clearing mines in Afghanistan despite the fragile political situation bought on by the continuous conflict that has beleaguered the country since the late 1970s.


We have a simple mission statement – ‘getting mines out of the ground, now’. With more deminers and more equipment, we shall shorten the timeframe that villagers in Afghanistan are impacted by landmines.


On the 14 April 1988 The Geneva Accord was signed between Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the Soviet Union and the USA acting as guarantors. A month later on 15th May 1988 the Soviet Forces started their withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the same week Guy Willoughby set up HALO in Kabul.   Twenty-four years later, and without interruption despite political regime changes, HALO in Afghanistan has grown to over 3,000 staff – and has cleared over 780,000 mines from minefields and stockpiles, and over ten million items of ordnance. Since 1988 HALO has now expanded to over 8,000 full-time staff in 16 countries and territories, with on-going surveys into new regions.

Provinces in which the organisation is active: Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz, Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab, Hirat, Nimroz, Helmand, Kandahar, Ghazni, Khost, Paktya, Logar, Nangarhar, Kabul, Laghman, Kapisa, Kunar, Parwan, Panjsher, Bamyan, Baghlan and Samangan in Central, North, North East, West, South and South East regions.
What we do: Non-technical and technical survey, manual mine clearance, mechanical mine clearance, risk education, ammunition call out service, explosive ordnance disposal, physical security and stockpile
management (for the Army and Police), impact monitoring of our activities and socio-economic development, livelihoods support to our beneficiaries with our partners DACAAR, Afghanaid and MADERA, support to national capacity development in partnership with ANDMA, DMAC and GICHD.
Number of Staff: 3,500 and 163 Mine Action Teams.
Office locations: Headquarters in Kabul.

Dr. Farid Homayoun, Country Director
Contact Number: +44 (0) 1848 331100
Address: Carronfoot Dumfries, Thornhill DG3 5BF United Kingdom

Demining Agency for Afghanistan (DAFA)


The Demining Agency for Afghanistan (DAFA) is one of the Humanitarian Mine Clearance NonGovernmental Organizations and the implementing partner of MAPA formed under the auspices of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan (UNOCHA) effort in June 1990. We have successfully implemented 81 humanitarian demining projects in 26 provinces of Afghanistan. Through our humanitarian demining services we have saved lives and limbs of millions of Afghans, assisted in the repatriation of IDPs and Refugees. Moreover, we have always been ahead in assessing and considering the socio-economic and development perspectives as an integral part of our demining activities. DAFA as an implementing partner of MAPA is strongly committed to stand-on and support the vision, mission, goals and strategic objectives of the National Mine Action Strategic Plan (NMASP 2016- 2020)

Provinces in which the organization is active: DAFA has worked in all the regions of Afghanistan (26 provinces) and currently has ongoing demining operations in Kandahar, Nimroz, Takhar and Nangarhar provinces.

What we do: Non-Technical Survey, Technical Survey, Manual Clearance, Mine/ERW Risk Education,
Mechanical Clearance, Mine Detection Dogs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Battle Area Clearance.

Number of Staff: 350
Office locations: Head office in Kabul, Field Office in Kandahar Province, Site Office in Nimroz province
and Site Offices in Takhar and Nangarhar provinces.


Mr. Mohammad Daud Farahi, Director
Contact Number: +93 (0)799-22 63 73
Address: DAFA Head Office: Taimani, Shaheed Square Hangarha, Street No.1
House No.3 District No. 4 Kabul Afghanistan

Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA)



The Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA) is an indigenous Afghanistan-based humanitarian demining NGO, established under the auspices of UNOCHA in March 1990, as an implementing partner of the United Nations Mine Action Program for Afghanistan (UNMACA). MCPA has been consistently involved in contributing to the basic architecture of Mine Action Programs in Afghanistan.

Provinces in which the organization is active: Kabul, Logar, Ghazni, Zabul, Uruzgan, Hilmand, Faryab, Nimroz, Kandahar and Takhar.
What we do: Mine Clearance, EOD, Survey and Mine Risk Education.
Number of Staff: 460
Office locations: Central region: Kabul, Logar, Ghazni, Southern region: Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Zabul, Nimroz, Northern region: Faryab, Northeastern region: Takhar.

Mr. Haji Attiqullah, Director
Email: and
Address: Mine Clearance Planning Agency, se #72 Shirkat Street, Opposite
Habibia High School, Darulaman Main Road, Karta-3

Mine Detection Center (MDC)

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The Mine Detection Center (MDC) was established as an Afghan Non-Governmental De-mining Organization in 1989 and has implemented lots of humanitarian demining and non-Provinces in which the organization is active: Kandahar, Helmand, Baghlan, Kundoz, Takhar, Badakhshan Farah, Herat and Kabul.
What we do: Survey, mine/ERW clearance, EOD, BAC, Health, VA, Drug Detection and Environment.
Number of Staff: 750
Office locations: Kandahar, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Kundoz, Farah and Herat.

Professor Mr. Mohammed Shohab Hakimi, Director
Address: South West of Tapa-e-Maranjan, Opp. Kabul Electricity Office Kabul, Afghanistan

Organization for Mine clearance and Afghan Rehabilitation (OMAR)

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OMAR began its humanitarian activities in 1990. Initially, the activities started in the refugee camps of Pakistan and later on OMAR’s operations extended into Afghanistan. The program expanded its activities in mine clearance in the year 1992 and developed from OMA to OMAR (Organization for Mine Clearance and Afghan Rehabilitation). Besides mine awareness and mine clearance activities, OMAR implemented drug awareness and mobile health clinics in the eastern region of the country. These activities include the provision of health facilities and a malnutrition program for needy people in remote areas, as well as vocational and educational training and rehabilitation services. In 1994 OMAR established a mine museum in Kabul to display various types of mines and ERW used during the occupation and civil war and to remind national and international communities of the scourging impact of mines and ERW. So far OMAR cleared more than 145 sqkm land from the hazard of mine and ERW and trained more than 11.3 million individuals on dangers of mine/ERW.

Provinces in which the organisation is active: Kabul, Logar, Paktya, Khost, Ghazni, Bamyan, Panjsher, Kapisa, Parwan, Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan, Herat, Badghis, Ghor, Farah, Baghlan, Kunduz, Balkh, Faryab, and Badakhshan.
What We Do: Mine Risk Education (MRE), Mine Survey and Clearance, Battle Area Clearance, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD), Mine Deduction Dog, Mechanical Demining, and Relief Program.
Number of Staff: 650
Office locations: Kabul, Logar, Khost, Helmand, Nangarhar.

Mr. Fazel Karim Fazel, Director
Contact Number: +93 786 777 771, 777 322 129
Address: House # 1, Demining street, Near Ghazi Olympic stadium, Ward 16, Kabul Afghanistan

Agency for Rehabilitation and Energy conservation in Afghanistan (AREA)


Community-Based Mine Clearance and Mine Awareness Programs are the origins of AREA. This is a cost-effective and efficient program, having professional skills and valuable experience with conducting CB and MA Programs.

Provinces in which the organization is active: Nangarhar, Laghman, and Kunar.

What We Do: AREA conducts all types of Integrated Community Development Programs, Community Based Mine Clearance and mine awareness, agriculture, community development, renewable energy, skills, and vocational training, building infrastructure, schools, clinics and roads, and emergency relief activities
Number of Staff: 650
Office locations: HQ in Kabul, field offices in Jalalabad, Site Office in Qarghayi district of Laghman Province, Kama district of Nangarhar Province, Dara-e-Pech and Marawara districts of Kunar Province

Mr. Mohammad Sharif Yaqubi, AREA Mine Action Director

Contact Number: 0786669012
Website: www.area-af.or

Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD)


FSD is a non-governmental organization that operates in the field of humanitarian mine action and environmental hazard reduction. The overall objective of FSD is to promote mine action in general; the entirety of its activities aims to alleviate and diminish the social, economic and environmental impacts of landmines and unexploded contamination worldwide. FSD’s expertise lies in all aspects of mine action and hazard management including, but not limited to: survey, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), ammunition management, victim assistance and support, risk education, technical advice and capacity building. FSD’s history of operations in Afghanistan stretches back to 2001 where a programme in assistance to the World Food Programme (WFP) deployed three rapid reaction EOD and battle area clearance (BAC) teams in support of humanitarian food distribution across Afghanistan, a further team was also stationed in Kandahar in 2002 as an addition to this programme for UNOCHA. More recently FSD has executed operations in Darwaz province since 2010 under funding from the PATRIP foundation and also from the US Department of State (WRA) for the deployment of mine action teams, multi-purpose EOD and clearance teams and also weapons and ammunition disposal (WAD) teams. As of 31 December 2016, FSD has cleared over 1.8 million square meters of land and destroyed over 50,000 items of mines and ordnance; risk education sessions have delivered critical explosive hazard awareness messages to over 220,000 children within 312 villages and towns in Northern Afghanistan.

Provinces in which the organization is active: Cross-border HMA programme from Kalai Khum/Tajikistan for clearance operations in the four remaining districts of Darwaz, namely Kuf-Ab, Shaki, Nusai and Darwazbala.
What we do: Minefield and Battlefield clearances, village to village Non-Technical Surveys (NTS), Resurvey (confirming/cancellation) of existing HA’s, Mine/ERW Risk Education (MRE), EOD Spot tasks, Landmine Victim Identification, Data collection and Victim Assistance, Stockpile Disposal and Weapons and Ammunition Disposal (WAD).
Number of Staff: 83
Office locations: Dushanbe (Programme Manager), Kalai Khum (Operations staff), Kabul (administrative office)

Mr. Hansjoerg Eberle, Director
Contact Number: +41 (0)22 731 14 79
Email: or
Address: 14b, Avenue Giuseppe-Motta, 1202 Genève