Core sectors

Humanitarian disarmament and peacebuilding

The Humanitarian Disarmament & Peacebuilding sector is one of DRC’s five core sectors of intervention. It seeks to contribute to the fields of disarmament and peacebuilding through a focus on the safety and security of the conflict- and displacement-affected populations at the center of DRC’s mandate.

11 Aug 2022

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Cookies for peace

01 Aug 2022

Joint Statement

07 Jul 2022

The Transition to Peace and Recovery in Rural Afghanistan


Our work in Humanitarian Disarmament & Peacebuilding is guided by a bottom-up, rights-based approach, which emphasizes the right of conflict- and displacement-affected communities to safety and security.

Community-level activities include, but are not limited to:

Humanitarian Disarmament & Peacebuilding at All Levels

While our work starts at the community level, it aims to influence change at all levels to increase the understanding of community-level issues and encourage engagement with them.

This in turn strengthens the formal and informal institutional environment, which influences people’s safety and security at a local, national, and regional level. 

​​​​​​​The joint efforts of the sector contribute to the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 16 promoting peaceful, just, and inclusive institutions and societies.

This is done by combating the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, removing the threats posed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war, and improving security governance to prevent and manage conflicts.

The programmatic activities support community-based peacebuilding and security and promote sustainability by providing information on peace and security at all levels of society.

The sector is relevant for the development of global policy not only within disarmament and peacebuilding, but also in the humanitarian-development-peace ‘Triple Nexus’.

Five Pillars of Mine Action

HDP’s mine action operations are based on the Ottawa Convention’s Five Pillars of Mine Action:

  1. Clearance of mines and unexploded ordnance
  2. Explosive Ordnance Risk Education
  3. Victim assistance
  4. Advocacy
  5. Stockpile destruction


The former Danish Demining Group becomes one of five core sectors in Danish Refugee Council

21 Oct 2022

DRC in Ukraine: Risk education saves lives in conflict-affected communities

23 Sep 2022

Removing explosive remnants of war in Ukraine

02 Sep 2022

Danish press release: DRC will commence demining activities in Helmand

10 Aug 2022

Humanitarian Mine Action: DRC aid workers trained in Denmark

27 Jul 2022

DRC Ukraine: Needs for Explosive Ordnance Risk Education grow by the day

23 Jun 2022

Ukraine: DRC deminers save lives by clearing explosives on roads


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