Marked Minefield Kupilan Thelipalai
Survey Team Marking Minefield Boundary - Jaffna District

DDG

DDG is an internationally recognized and accredited mine action organisation that has been operating in Sri Lanka since 2003

With the aim to facilitate the safe return and resettlement of the IDPs originating from the northern areas previously controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The DDG area of operations covers three major districts in northern Sri Lanka; Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Vavuniya Districts with operational field office in Jaffna and two field camps based in Jeyapuram and Vavuniya North. The main office is in Colombo.

DDG operation consists of 14 manual demining teams (MDT), 4 Technical Survey teams (TST) and 4 ground preparation machines (GPM). Our MDT utilise either the raking method or our Minelab F3S metal detectors of which we have 72. The raking/detectors are used in a mix and match to terrain in order to maximise production.

We employ 475 national staff and only 3 international staff. We adhere to the Danish Refugee Council (DRC; our parent organisation) Gender, Age and Diversity policy to ensure a fair representation among our teams.

Funding so far secured for 2012 is provided by the US Department of State (PMWRA), the Swedish development agency (Sida), and the Australian Government (AusAID). Previous donors have included Swedish Lottery funds, DFID, DANIDA and the Japanese Embassy.

Our results have increased dramatically in the post conflict era with an increase in capacity due to additional funding and access to previously no go/restricted areas.