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


A Successful Season in South Sudan

In South Sudan, unstable ammunition and weapons storage pose a threat to civilians and communities. In August 2020, TDI deployed Ammunition Technical Officers and Ammunition Disposal Teams to conduct inspections, large scale disposal and enhance the safety of these storage facilities.

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Mine Awareness Day 2021

International Mine Awareness Day 2021

April 4th is International Mine Awareness Day that is observed annually to reflect on the devastating effects landmines and unexploded ordnance have on land, communities and livelihoods, whilst focusing on the efforts made so far to clear contaminated areas for the future safety of those at risk.

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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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Explore our latest media coverage below.

Explore our latest media coverage below.

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

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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

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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

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