Our History

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

Here, an FSD expert marks areas that are potentially contaminated by explosive devices (Ukraine, 2020)

: Cartography is a key part of the demining process. Here, an FSD expert marks areas that are potentially contaminated by explosive devices (Ukraine, 2020)

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.

Rehabilitation project in the Central African Republic

2019

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

2018

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

Noor, Team Leader of a clearance team, updates the board with the key information on the current task
A deminer delimits an area potentially contaminated.

2015

FSD restarted its mine action programme in Iraq with support of 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 supported by the Canadian government. FSD also launched its first security sector programme in the Central African Republic. FSD got its first ISO 9001 certification.

Ukrainian deminer marking an area after getting a sound with the detector.
Controlled explosion from an obsolete ammunition stock in Tajikistan

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 ammunition depot managers.

2012

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

A deminer in Sri Lanka conducts quality control
Mine risk education leaflet distributed in Libya.

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 FSD drone tests in Tajikistan.
Crosstech team in Malaysia

2008

FSD’s commercial subsidiary Crosstech SA was mandated to change 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.

FSD expert in Angola
Support team in Manila.

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.

support operation after the tsunami in Sri Lanka.
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
2002

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
Explosive ordnance risk education in Pakistan.

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.

FSD in Kosovo
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.

first female demining teams In Iraq

News from the field

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Every day, they put their courage and expertise to work to make the world a safer place. Read the testimonials and stories from our employees around the world.

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