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Afghanistan Mine Action Geospatial Impact Evaluation

The mine action sector should draw confidence from the findings of this study which support expectations about the positive impact of clearance on economic development.


As part of Itad’s provision of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) services to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)’s Global Mine Action Programme 2 (GMAP2), Itad partnered with AidData from the College of William & Mary to conduct a study to assess the local socio-economic and stabilisation impacts of extensive landmine clearance activities carried out over the past three decades in Afghanistan.

To do so the study employed a geospatial impact evaluation (GIE) approach, and was intended to:

  1. Contribute to the pool of academic literature on the contribution of mine action to spatial development.
  2. Test and better understand the potential for GIE and other Geographic Information System (GIS)-based approaches for understanding and assessing the impact of mine action.

This research would not have been possible without the collaboration of the Directorate for Mine Action Coordination (DMAC) in Afghanistan.