Landmine Action has welcomed plans to revise the way that the Government funds humanitarian mine action.
The Department for International Development has channelled its mine action funding via the UN since 2000 but, after a recent review, the department has decided to make more funding available directly to NGOs.
Landmine Action has been working with other UK-based mine action NGOs since 2000 to push for a change in policy. They feel that the extra time and money spent diverting funds through the UN is detrimental to the overall aim of removing landmines.
"This review means that programmes implementing mine action and funded by the DfID will have a quicker impact on those affected by mines," said Rosy Cave, acting deputy director at Landmine Action.