Cluster Munition Remnants

Anti-Personnel Mines

  • Article 5 deadline

    1 January 2018

  • Performance


Performance Indicator Score
Problem understood 7
Target date for completion of mine clearance 4
Targeted clearance 7
Efficient clearance 7
National funding of programme 4
Timely clearance 5
Land release system in place 6
National mine action standards 5
Reporting on progress 3
Improving performance 6
Performance score 5.4

Performance Commentary

Angola’s mine clearance output by international humanitarian operators nearly doubled in 2015 compared to 2014, as a significant amount of land was released through re-survey. But Angola’s continuing inability to accurately define the extent of remaining contamination and poor information management remain key challenges. It is also facing a severe funding shortfall that could threaten mine action activities by international operators. International humanitarian operators were asked to prioritise re-survey work in 2015–16 in preparation for Angola’s next Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) Article 5 clearance deadline extension request. While resources have been prioritised for re-survey, most operators face ongoing reduction in funding for clearance that could threaten the success of mine action. 

Recommendations for Action

  • Angola should continue efforts to work more closely with operators to improve the national mine action database so as to be able to plan effectively and to report accurately on land release.
  • Angola should allocate and fund national demining assets and international humanitarian operators to clear confirmed mined areas in order to implement its Article 5 clearance obligations on the basis of humanitarian needs and priorities.
  • Angola should clarify and empower the management structure of the national mine action programme, including the roles and responsibilities and funding of the two mine action entities.
  • Angola should increase its international advocacy to attract re-entry of donors so as to reverse the decline in international funding for mine action and compensate for the loss of national resources due to the deep financial crisis following the oil price crash in June 2014. It should update its national resource mobilisation strategy accordingly, to ensure clearance by 2025 in line with the goals of the Maputo Declaration. 

Download the full 2016 report for Angola

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