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NEWS AND MEDIA

Explore the latest news updates, events and blog posts from TDI below.

Who is Combat Stress?

Are you familiar with the work that Combat Stress does? For over 100 years this charity has provided assistance to veterans from every service and conflict. Read more here to find out about this charity and why it is so close to Sean, a Trainer/Mentor for TDI.

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Running for Combat Stress

For over 100 years, Combat Stress has assisted former servicemen and women dealing with issues including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Today, the charity provides “specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict, focusing on those with complex mental health issues.”

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Clearing Mabior-Anguei, South Sudan

For over a decade, TDI has conducted clearance activities throughout South Sudan. In early 2020, TDI began clearing contaminated minefields in Mabior-Anguei, north of the country. Numerous incidents relating to unexploded ordnance (UXO) had taken place here, claiming livestock and wounding community members.

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Life after Retirement for Tom

Meet Tom, an orange Labrador originally from the United Kingdom who worked for TDI in Mali and then retired with his new family in Zimbabwe in 2018.  Tom struggled to adapt to the loud environment in which he was based in Mali so was retired as a working dog. It was not long before he was on his way to his new forever home.

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Meet our Newest Dog Trainer, Marina

Say hello to Marina, one of TDI’s new Kennel Master and Dog Trainers in Mali. Her career working with dogs spans almost thirty years, beginning in 1990. She has worked with dogs in a range of countries including South Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq before joining TDI in Mali in early 2020.

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Rehoming our Dogs after Retirement

After their years of service in the field, our detection dogs are eventually retired. They are rehomed where they can enjoy their retirement to the fullest following their dedication to the mine action industry. Charlie and Korado are two detection dogs that retired in early 2020 and were adopted by their TDI colleagues. Follow their journey here about these two dogs who were born in the United Kingdom and have retired in Africa.

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Explore our latest media coverage below.

The Guardian – February 2016

From landmines to improvised bombs, weapons impair development Unexploded devices that injure civilians in conflict and post-conflict zones are a barrier to a better future. That’s why demining work is...

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Mining Elites in Africa – October 2015

Today, there are over 100 million laid and active landmines globally – and that’s not mentioning millions of tonnes of other unexploded ordnance (UXO), such as rockets and improvised explosive...

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Devex – September 2015

Clearing the Way for Development by Clearing Landmines When a conflict ends and the visible threats move out, it is often assumed all potential danger has moved on too. No...

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Oil Review Middle East – October 2015

6 Risk Mitigation Measures for Potential Explosive Remnants of War Contamination The resource curse is a well-documented conundrum. Too many countries with an abundance of natural resources paradoxically experience lacklustre...

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City AM – June 2015

There are 110 million unexploded mines in the world today, and that’s the number under the ground – it doesn’t include those being stored, transported or created. “The saddest thing...

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African Review – June 2015

As Managing Director at The Development Initiative (TDI), Hugh Morris oversees a unique and expansive operation, providing services to humanitarian and developmental projects. The company works, also, with private sector...

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Devex – April 2015

Soon after the conflict between the Albanians and the Serbians ended in 1999, a group of Albanian women started clearing land mines in Kosovo under a project by the Norwegian...

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Explore our latest media coverage below.

The Guardian – February 2016

From landmines to improvised bombs, weapons impair development Unexploded devices that injure civilians in conflict and post-conflict zones are a barrier to a better future.

Read More »

Devex – September 2015

Clearing the Way for Development by Clearing Landmines When a conflict ends and the visible threats move out, it is often assumed all potential danger

Read More »

City AM – June 2015

There are 110 million unexploded mines in the world today, and that’s the number under the ground – it doesn’t include those being stored, transported

Read More »

African Review – June 2015

As Managing Director at The Development Initiative (TDI), Hugh Morris oversees a unique and expansive operation, providing services to humanitarian and developmental projects. The company

Read More »