Conferences: Who Needs Them?
The global Mine Action process seems to spawn conferences. During the past three years there have been at least thirteen major gatherings, which contained in their agendas, major activities dedicated to improving demining operations. What have the three years of meetings, issue development, and projects produced? Have the conferences and attempts to frame operators’ needs been a wasted effort, characterized by travel boondoggles of innumerable representatives to venues far and wide? Or have they driven real development and positive achievement?