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MAG America is a non-profit, non-governmental 501(c)(3) organization that saves lives and builds futures by working with others to: reclaim land contaminated with the remnants of conflict, find ways to reduce the daily risk of death or injury for civilians, create safe and secure conditions for development, free from armed violence.
MAG has been a world leader in the clearance of landmines and other explosive debris of conflict for more than 20 years, identifying these as deadly threats to both physical safety and development.
Our pioneering approach to working with communities on the clearance of their land - for its safe release back into food production, human settlement or infrastructure - is essential to sustainable development after conflict.
Finding and destroying unsecured, and often unstable, stockpiles of small arms and light weapons and ammunition is an integral part of our mission. Working with national authorities, MAG destroys surplus weaponry that threatens not only surrounding communities but also local and regional stability. We provide training to security and police forces in weapons management and storage, reducing the risk of misuse and misappropriation.
We work with communities affected by conflict to identify safe strategies to reduce the daily risk of accidental injury and death. We develop and deliver tailored safety messages on the ground for those most at risk.
We have close ties to the communities in which we work, through our Community Liaison Officers and local teams. MAG tackles poverty by training and employing staff from the local populations, in order to build a robust and sustainable national workforce. More than 90% of our 2,500-plus staff around the world are locals of the countries in which they work.
MAG has worked in over 40 countries since 1989 and currently has operations in Angola, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Honduras, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.
MAG is co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize