Ireland

Support for Mine Action

Last updated: 11 December 2023

In 2022, Ireland contributed €3.5 million (US$3.6 million) in mine action funding to eight countries.[1] This represented a decrease of 3% from its contribution to mine action in 2021. Ireland’s support was allocated to clearance, risk education, and victim assistance activities implemented by international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Contributions by recipient: 2022[2]

Recipient

Sector

Amount (€)

Amount (US$)

Cambodia

Clearance, risk education

600,000

632,040

Somalia

Clearance, risk education

600,000

632,040

Zimbabwe

Clearance, risk education, victim assistance

500,000

526,700

Lao PDR

Victim assistance

500,000

526,700

South Sudan

Clearance, risk education

400,000

421,360

Vietnam

Various

350,000

368,690

Afghanistan

Clearance, risk education, victim assistance

250,000

263,350

Colombia

Clearance, risk education

250,000

263,350

Total

 -

3,450,000

3,634,230

 

Mine action assistance approach

In Ireland’s Humanitarian Assistance Policy, support for demining activities is included under Policy Objective 3, on linking humanitarian and development approaches.[3] Ireland consistently emphasizes the links between mine action and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).[4]

In April 2022, Ireland reported that its mine action program was under review, and that the results of the evaluation would inform its assistance for 2023 and beyond.[5]

Five-year support to mine action

In the five-year period from 2018–2022, Ireland’s contribution to mine action totaled more than €16.5 million ($18.8 million). In comparison, during the previous five-year period from 2013–2017, Ireland’s support to mine action amounted to €14.4 million ($17.4 million).

Summary of contributions: 2018–2022[6]

Year

Amount (€)

Amount (US$)

% change from previous year (US$)

2022

3,450,000

3,634,230

-3

2021

3,157,800

3,735,678

-2

2020

3,356,800

3,830,110

+4

2019

3,295,000

3,687,795

-5

2018

3,295,000

3,893,702

+114

Total

16,554,600

18,781,515

N/A

Note: N/A=not applicable.



[1] Average exchange rate for 2022: €1=US$1.0534. United States (US) Federal Reserve, “List of Exchange Rates (Annual),” 9 January 2023.

[2] Ireland Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report (for calendar year 2022), Form J. See, Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Database.

[4] See, for example, statement of Ireland, Sixth Annual Pledging Conference for the Implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty, Geneva, 23 February 2021; and statement of Ireland, Mine Ban Treaty Eighteenth Meeting of States Parties, held virtually, 16–20 November 2020.

[5] Mine Action Support Group meeting, “Annex A: Donor Updates,” 27 April 2022.

 

[6] See previous Support for Mine Action country profiles. ICBL-CMC, “Country Profiles: Ireland,” undated.