Netherlands

Support for Mine Action

Last updated: 04 October 2019

In 2018, the Kingdom of the Netherlands contributed €16.4 million (US$19.4 million)[1] in mine action funding to 10 states and one territory and for global activities.

The largest country-specific contribution went to Afghanistan (€5.1 million/$6 million), with three additional countries—Libya, Lebanon, and South Sudan—each receiving the equivalent of more than $1 million.

The Netherlands announced it would provide €45 million ($49.7 million) from 2016–2020 to support mine action projects run by DanChurchAid (DCA), HALO Trust, and Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in 13 countries and territories.[2] Approximately one-fifth of this amount (€10 million/$11 million) will be earmarked for emergency response projects.[3] Since 2012, the Netherlands has been a strong advocate for a multiyear funding approach to mine action and cites the improvement of administrative efficiencies, the building of strategic partnerships, and the commitment to building national capacities as benefits in multiyear funding.[4]

Contributions by recipient: 2018[5]

Recipient

Sector

Amount (€)

Amount (US$)

Afghanistan

Various

5,101,413

6,028,340

Global

Various

4,402,289

5,202,185

Libya

Various (emergency response)

1,500,000

1,772,550

Lebanon

Clearance and risk education

1,424,669

1,683,531

South Sudan

Clearance and risk education

1,169,193

1,381,635

Somalia

Clearance and risk education

765,030

904,036

Yemen

Capacity-building

654,646

773,595

Ukraine

Clearance and risk education

473,590

559,641

Iraq

Clearance and risk education

332,626

393,064

Syria

Risk education and victim assistance

327,870

387,444

Kosovo

Clearance and risk education

127,505

150,673

Mali

Risk education

99,072

117,073

Total

 

16,377,903

19,353,767

 

From 2014–2018, the contribution of the Netherlands totaled more than €95 million ($111.7 million), with an annual contribution averaging €19 million (some $22 million). In comparison, during the previous five-year period from 2009–2013, the Netherlands contributed €82.1 million ($110 million).

Summary of contributions: 2014–2018[6]

Year

Amount (€)

Amount (US$)

% change from previous year (US$)

2018

16,377,903

19,353,767

+1

2017

16,964,186

19,171,227

-24

2016

22,750,694

25,189,567

+14

2015

19,880,000

22,058,848

-15

2014

19,462,911

25,879,833

+11

Total

95,435,694

111,653,242

 

 



[1] Average exchange rate for 2018: €1=US$1.1817. US Federal Reserve, “List of Exchange Rates (Annual),” 2 January 2019.

[2] Government of the Netherlands, “Netherlands wants to eradicate landmines within 10 years,” 20 July 2016. Average exchange rate for July 2016: €1=US$1.1055. US Federal Reserve, “Foreign Exchange Rates (monthly),” 1 September 2016. The 13 countries and territories are: Afghanistan, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Ukraine.

[3] Government of the Netherlands, “Policy Framework Mine Action and Cluster Munitions 2016–2020,” 22 March 2016, p. 6.

[4] Government of the Netherlands, “How to Get More Value for Money in Humanitarian Mine Action? Benefits of Multi-year Funding: Different Perspectives, Common Interests,” paper presented at side event by the Netherlands at the Mine Ban Treaty Standing Committee Meetings in Geneva, 27–31 May 2013.

[5] Netherlands, Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report, Form J, April 2019.

[6] See previous Monitor reports.