Our History

FSD has been active in mine action for over 25 years.

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Iraq: 2018. Young children watch one of FSD’s machine at work.

History

Since its first project in Bosnia-Herzegovina, FSD has been active in about thirty countries, with the same will to provide humanitarian aid where it is most needed.

FSD crew in CAD

2019

FSD teams started constructing and maintaining camps intended for the long-term deployment of peace forces in the Central African Republic mandated by the European Commission.

2018

FSD started to deploy its first female demining teams In Iraq. FSD also published its first consolidated accounts including the Association FSD France.

first female demining teams In Iraq
Plusieurs hommes debout devant un véhicule

2015

FSD restarted its mine action programme in Iraq with support by the US Department of State. In the Central African Republic, FSD initiates a security sector reform project, rehabilitated FACA camps and conducted numerous risk education seminars.

2014

FSD started a new mine action programme in Ukraine with support by the Canadian government. FSD also launched its first security sector programme in the Central African Republic. FSD also got its first ISO 9001 certification.

first female demining teams In Iraq
A man holding 3 kids and the other two man standing at his left and right

2013

FSD started an assessment of the Mali Army’s capability in Physical Security and Stockpile Management and delivered trainings for both ammunition handlers and also ammunition depot managers.

2012

FSD started a new programme in support of the Armenian mine action authorities. The same year, FSD’s large scale Sri Lanka operation involving at some stage more then one thousand deminers ended.

first female demining teams In Iraq
A man holding 3 kids and the other two man standing at his left and right

2011

FSD started assessing legacy extractive mines in Kyrgyzstan and deployed its first teams for mine action to war-stricken Libya as well as to the newly founded South Sudan.

2010

FSD’s acquired first experience with deploying imagery drones. In Tajikistan, FSD started environmental projects covering radioactive remediation of former Uranium production sites. In Myanmar, FSD started building infrastructure for internally displaced persons.

first female demining teams In Iraq
A man holding 3 kids and the other two man standing at his left and right

2008

FSD’s commercial subsidiary Crosstech SA was mandated to he change of potentially dangerous batteries of numerous telecoms towers in Malaysia with a team of about 40 Filipino and international experts.

2007

Start of FSD’s involvement in mine action in Angola. FSD was tasked by the Angolan government to assess the demining capabilities country-wide with a team of international experts.

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Manila team FSD

2006

FSD initiated a programme to develop the capabilities of the Mozambican Mine Action authorities. The same year, FSD’s support office in Manila was created to provide accounting, procurement and administrative functions for FSD world-wide.

2005

FSD deminers in Sri Lanka ceased demining operations for several months to focus on helping survivors of the Tsunami. The same year FSD created the Association franco-suisse de déminage in France and started the FSD Risk Fund.

first female demining teams In Iraq
A man holding 3 kids and the other two man standing at his left and right

2004

FSD was among the first NGOs in french-speaking Switzerland to acquire a ZEWO certification attesting FSD’s worthiness of receiving donations from the Swiss public. Mine action operations started in Burundi and in Laos.

2003

FSD deployed a mine action support operation dedicated to the support of the World Food Programme in Iraq. This operation ended with the bombing of WFP in Bagdad. FSD also started its mine action programme in Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

first female demining teams In Iraq
A man holding 3 kids and the other two man standing at his left and right

2002

Start of FSD’s large scale mine action operations in Sri Lanka, and first signature of an agreement with the Government of Tajikistan followed by the deployment of FSD demining teams.

2001

FSD signed standby agreement with the World Food Programme and deployed mine action expert teams to various locations in Afghanistan in support of WFP. Start of the FSD demining programme in Lebanon.

first female demining teams In Iraq
A man holding 3 kids and the other two man standing at his left and right

2000

FSD started deploying its first risk-education and assessment teams to Pakistan. Start of FSD’s first large demining programme to clear the Albanian border towards Kosovo with Swiss funding.

1999

Deployment of mine risk education teams in support of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kosovo.

first female demining teams In Iraq
A man holding 3 kids and the other two man standing at his left and right

1998

Start of the first mine action project in Bosnia-Herzegovina to clear part of the Olympic village of Dobrinja from landmines. Also started efforts to clear landmines near a school in Croatia.

1997

Michel Diot made an initial appeal on Swiss radio to train Kosovar refugees as deminers before sending them back to their country suffering from the massive presence of landmines. This led to the creation of the “Fédération Suisse de déminage” with Michel Diot, Henri Leu and Hansjörg as co-founders.

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News from the field

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Each day, they deploy their courage and expertise to make the world a safer place. Read the testimonials and stories from our employees around the world.
Machine gun ammunition at the waste dump

Machine gun ammunition at the waste dump

In eastern Ukraine, the poverty caused by the armed conflict has led many people to collect and sell scrap metal to earn a little more money. This is a risky activity, which exposes them to landmines and unexploded ordnance. One day someone brought me an old bucket...

Deminers answer Sophie and Lise’s questions

Deminers answer Sophie and Lise’s questions

Some time ago, FSD was invited to visit a sixth-grade class at the Florimont Institute in Geneva to talk to students about humanitarian demining. After the presentation, the children asked questions which were recorded and passed on to our deminers in the field. This...

Pastor and risk education volunteer

Pastor and risk education volunteer

" I take advantage of my sermons to talk about unexploded ordnance " Joselito Remedios, 54, is a pastor and an explosive ordnance risk education provider. For the past year, he has been a member of the Fondation suisse de déminage (FSD)’s volunteer team in the...

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