FSD implemented its first demining project in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1998. Since then, our deminers have cleared more than 1.4 million explosive devices. Read about our key moments here!
Since its creation in 1997, FSD has worked in around 30 countries on four continents. Our teams have secured an area equivalent to 12,000 football pitches.
In the Central African Republic, a major infrastructure rehabilitation project is ongoing. The aim is to rebuild the country’s stability through the deployment of security forces and the reintegration of former rebel combatants.
FSD deploys its first female demining teams In Iraq. Demining capacities in Ukraine are considerably increased.
FSD restarts its mine action programme in Iraq. In the Central African Republic, FSD initiates a security sector reform project and conducts risk education sessions.
FSD starts a new mine action programme in Ukraine. The organisation obtains its first ISO 9001 certification.
Initiation of an assessment of the Malian army’s capacity to manage stocks of weapons and ammunition, followed by a series of training sessions. In addition, in Mali, the training of mine risk education instructors is carried out.
Launch of a national demining capacity building programme in Armenia. End of FSD’s operation in Sri Lanka, which involved over a thousand deminers.
FSD begins assessing former extractive mining sites in Kyrgyzstan and deploys its first demining teams to Libya and South Sudan.
First experience in the deployment of drones in Libya. Launch of an environmental project to rehabilitate former uranium production sites in Tajikistan.
Implementation of a new programme for the destruction of obsolete weapons and ammunition stockpiles in Tajikistan.
Start of FSD’s involvement in mine action in Angola. FSD is mandated by the Angolan government to assess the demining capacities in the country. The company Crosstech S.A, fully owned by FSD, is established.
Launch of a national demining capacity building programme in Mozambique. Establishment of an office in Manila, Philippines, to handle the accounting, logistics and administrative management of FSD’s programmes.
Deminers in Sri Lanka suspend their demining operations for several months to focus on helping tsunami survivors. FSD creates a sister organisation in neighbouring France, FSD France.
FSD is one of the first NGOs in French-speaking Switzerland to obtain the ZEWO certification. Mine action programmes are initiated in Burundi and Laos.
New demining operation are implemented in support of the World Food Programme in Iraq. Mine action programmes are launched in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Launch of a large-scale demining operation in Sri Lanka. An agreement is signed with the government of Tajikistan, followed by the deployment of several demining teams in the country.
FSD signs a cooperation agreement with the World Food Programme and deploys demining teams to Afghanistan to allow the humanitarian agency access to potentially mined areas. The demining programme in Lebanon begins.
A major demining operation began in Albania along the border with Kosovo. An assessment mission was conducted in northwest Pakistan.
Implementation of a mine risk education campaign in primary schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with puppet shows and role-playing techniques. Reactivation of UNHCR demining teams in the country.
FSD’s first mine action project is launched in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It involves the demining of a part of the Olympic village of Dobrinja, where the front line used to be located. Another demining project begins near a school in Croatia.
A group of Swiss citizens, concerned about the problem of mines and mainly working in the humanitarian field, founded the Fédération suisse de déminage. An appeal is launched via Swiss radio to offer demining training to Kosovar refugees so that they can contribute to the demining of Kosovo.
Our current programmes
FSD has been active in the country since 2001. The organisation has several demining, risk education and mine victim assistance teams.
Central African Republic
Active in the country since 2014, FSD supports the ongoing peace process and conducts targeted development projects.
Since 2017, FSD supports the Chadian authorities in the development and implementation of a demining strategy. In the country, FSD's experts act in a consortium project in partnership with three other NGOs.
In Colombia, FSD advises the OACP-Descontamina Colombia, the national mine action centre, on the implementation of an effective mine action strategy.
In Iraq, FSD locates and neutralises improvised mines in areas previously occupied and mined by the Islamic State. It also reinforces the capacities of the national authorities.
In the Philippines, in Mindanao island, FSD educates the local population of the risks of explosive ordnance and supports the ongoing peace process through mine action.
In Tajikistan, FSD acts on two levels: destruction of stockpiles of obsolete weapons and ammunition and remediation of areas contaminated by toxic pollutants.
Between 2015 and 2022, FSD has carried out demining and risk education activities in the Donbas region. In May 2022, the organisation prepares the deployment of demining teams in the region of Chernihiv.