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NEWS AND MEDIA

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

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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A Different Kind of Mine Awareness Day

Every year, TDI take part in events to mark the International Day of Mine Awareness. This year, it was celebrated somewhat differently as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Despite this, our teams were innovative in coming up with solutions to continue raising awareness of landmines and UXO as safely as possible.

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Meet Arek: the Woman Aspiring to Make a Difference

We wrap up the month of March by introducing Arek, our EORE Coordinator in South Sudan. Arek has been in the Mine Action industry for 20 years, initially beginning her career as a Community Liaison Officer. Despite facing difficulties when she began working in this industry due to being a woman, she persevered as she takes great pride in helping those affected by landmines and UXO. Read the full article to get a bit more insight on Arek’s role with TDI.

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The Medic keeping TDI Safe Against Landmines

Throughout the month of March, we continue to focus on some of the hardworking women of TDI. Meet Betty, the Medic keeping her colleagues in South Sudan safe. Betty joined TDI in 2014 and has established herself as a determined member of her team. Her role has its challenges but she chooses “to remain focused and principled in order to survive among the multitudes of men” in this industry.

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Meet our Operations Assistant, Chipo

This month, we celebrated International Women’s Day and in honour of this day, we introduce you to some of the hardworking women of TDI. We start at the TDI headquarters and introduce you to Chipo, a working mother of three girls and our versatile Operations Assistant.

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FEATURED IN

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.

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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