Support to the North West Coast Development and Mine Action Plan

What is the project about?

Landmine victimn walks in the desert with his daughterLandmine victimn walks in the desert with his daughter

In partnership with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Defense, to support the development of the North West Coast and Inland Desert through a) the establishment of the Executive Secretariat for Mine Clearance and the Development of the North West Coast (NWC)(Exec Sec) b) the development of a communication strategy and resource mobilization strategy; c) the conduct of de-mining activities based on clearly identified humanitarian and development needs; and d) the conduct of mine risk education and victim assistance activities.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • Procurement of state of the art technology to assist in the clearance of mines and Unexploded Ordnances
  • Clearance of 32,000 acres of contaminated land by the Ministry of Defense and their handover to respective ministries for development purposes
  • Production of communication and resource mobilization strategy papers
  • Establishment of an Executive Secretariat at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation to serve as a coordination unit between civilian Egyptian Government departments, the Military and the civil society in addition to the UN and donors’ community on all issues associated with demining,
  • 479 male and 28 female mine victims to receive financial support in the form of a pension and 400 male and 10 female mine victims in the form of grants
  • Provision of artificial limbs for 241 amputees
  • Capacity building of four active and reputable NGOs that target landmine victims and/or their families in Matrouh Governorate in the areas of financial management, project management, volunteer management and strategic planning, in order to prepare them to effectively and efficiently implement income generation activities.
  • Watershed management project: Activities pertaining to sheet and soil flow conservation have been completed, a well has been dug for water harvesting and conservation, barley seeds and fodder shrubs have been planted and cultivated, a drip irrigation system is now in place, and civil works for the area have been designed. Direct Beneficiaries to this project: Fifty-one Bedouin households, of 5-7 persons/ each household in average. Indirect Beneficiaries: About 483 households will benefit from agriculture services for their existing cultivated area around the watershed areas of Wadi Hebla (the priority will be given to mine victims in the community).
  • Disbursement of loans to 44 women and 100% repayment rate of all instalments when they fall due.

Who finances this project?

The Government of Egypt

Australia Aid

Government of Germany

Government of New Zealand

The British Embassy


Delivery in previous fiscal year


US$ 487,000


  • The major source of contamination from explosive remnants of war in Egypt can be traced to World War II, as well as to the Egypt-Israel wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973.
  • Contamination affects an estimated 2,680 square kilometers of land in the North West Coast.
  • Since 1982, the total number of casualties according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs landmines and UXO stands at 8,313 casualties (697 killed and 7,616 injured), of which 5,015 were civilians. This is because Egyptian civilians continue to use mine- and unexploded ordnance (UXO)-contaminated areas for cultivation, grazing, infrastructure projects and housing.

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