ITF in a Nutshell
ITF Enhancing Human Security (ITF) (previously named International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance) is a humanitarian, non-profit organization established by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in March 1998 with the initial purpose to help Bosnia and Herzegovina in the implementation of the peace agreement and to provide assistance and support in post-conflict rehabilitation.
Since its inception, ITF has been continuously developing and strengthening its mission of enhancing safety as well as enabling the recovery and development of conflict affected countries by addressing the immediate and long-term impact of mine/ERW and other hazards following armed violence. Thus, it has expanded its geographic area and scope of activities in order to address the problems of the ever-changing human security environment, the needs of beneficiary countries and the priorities of the donor community, basing its activities on strong partnerships, regional approach and the principles of transparency and accountability.
ITF’s activities are based on the following two main strategic pillars:
Strategic Pillar I
Reducing threats from mines, explosive remnants of war and other at-risk weapons and ammunition.
Strategic Pillar II
Facilitating safe, long-term development and building resilience of conflict-affected communities.
ITF is supporting and facilitating projects and programs through fundraising in the fields of:
- Clearance of landmines and ERW, including cluster munitions.
- Risk Education enhancing safety of at-risk communities, thereby reducing the risk of injury and death.
- Victim assistance in support of socio-economic reintegration, health and psychosocial well being of landmines/ERW victims.
- Capacity building with the purpose of developing effective and resilient national capacities at the community or state level, which will be able to address the mine/ERW problem and other post-conflict challenges over a number of years, thus supporting recovery and development. Capacity building enables individuals, groups, organizations, institutions and societies to increase their ability to manage and deliver capabilities, and to take ownership of the problem and its solution. It involves the introduction of appropriate national laws and standards, the development of systems of governance, provision of equipment and building of infrastructure, coordination and effective project management, and the ability of national authorities to mobilize resources.
- Physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) involving safe and secure storage of weapons and ammunition and provision of professional training on best approaches and proper procedures to be applied for the effective management of stockpiles.
- Destruction of surplus weapons and ammunition. Destruction is a process of safe and final conversion of weapons and ammunition into an inert state, in which they can no longer function as designed.
- Advocacy generating publicity and raising awareness concerning mine/ERW impact, the dangers posed by surplus and deteriorating stockpiles of excess and aging munitions, and promoting rights of persons with disabilities.