How much is needed

After checking the road was clear, MAG demarcated the edge of the mined area using red flags. This enables civilians to recognize the limit of the mined area and to use the road safely whilst MAG clearance of the remaining mines continues. 30 March 2003. ©Steve Priestlet/MAG

After checking the road was clear, MAG demarcated the edge of the mined area using red flags. This enables civilians to recognize the limit of the mined area and to use the road safely whilst MAG clearance of the remaining mines continues. 30 March 2003. ©Steve Priestlet/MAG

By Mike Kendellen, Mine Action and Funding Editor, Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor.

During Prince Harry’s visit to Washington D.C. on 9 May, Guy Willoughby, chief executive of HALO Trust, was quoted as saying that if current funding levels continued for the next ten years in the 10 countries where HALO Trust operates almost all the minefields in the 10 countries could be cleared, regardless if the mine affected country was a signatory to the Mine Ban Treaty. How much money are we looking at if sustained funding applied to all countries for the next ten years? The most recent figures available show that over the two-year period of 2010-2011, international assistance for mine action to Asia and Africa was almost $1 billion.

International assistance by region 2010-2011

Region No. of recipients 2010-2011 (million) %
Asia-Pacific 12 $389 41%
Africa 21 $220 23%
MENA 9 $148 16%
Global 15 $92 10%
Europe 16 $66 7%
Americas 6 $32 3%
$947 100%

This translates into an estimated $3 billion over ten years for Asia and Africa alone; another $1 billion for Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Armenia, Iraq, and Lebanon and another $1 billion for the rest of the world if current funding patterns continue. So, even with $5 billion the world is not expected to be free from mines in 2023. At the reception for Prince Harry at the British Embassy, Harry called on donors to provide more funding. Are the donors up to it?

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