Certainly, the international mine action community has learned a great deal over the past 15 years. But has mine action really made a significant difference to the people it is trying to help? Few things in mine action cause more frustration and misunderstanding among donors, recipient governments and programme managers than the question, "What results has the programme achieved?" Studies have decried that, despite data detailing the number of landmines destroyed, the area of land cleared and the number of people receiving mine awareness training, there are few data allowing an assessment of whether these achievements have enhanced the well-being of mine-afflicted communities.
Filippino, Eric and Paterson, Ted
"Mine Action Lessons and Challenges: Is Mine Action Making a Difference ... or Avoiding the Question?,"
Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 9
, Article 11.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol9/iss1/11