Civil Society in Mine Action

In this recording from The Ottawa Process Twenty Years Later in October 2016, ICBL-CMC Director Megan Burke addresses the ongoing role of civil society in mine action, particularly the ICBL’s Landmine Monitor.

First published in 1999, the Landmine Monitor established the baseline reporting that has allowed the international community to measure progress in implementing the Ottawa Treaty. Each year, the Monitor includes a comprehensive global overview of mine action plus country profiles, and landmine survivors have become key contributors to the Monitor. Perhaps most importantly, the reporting of the Landmine Monitor acts as a bulwark against complacency in the face of declining funding for mine action.


Megan Burke is the Director of the ICBL-CMC. Previously she coordinated the Survivor Networks Project of the ICBL-CMC, a project that strengthens national survivor networks worldwide through financial support and capacity-building assistance. She was also the Casualties and Victim Assistance co-editor for Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor. Megan has published several articles and chapters on the rights of landmine and cluster munition survivors and their participation in policy fora.

Megan also worked as a Program Officer for the Ford Foundation and for Adopt-A-Minefield, a campaign seeking to eliminate the impact of landmines in several post-conflict countries through victim assistance and clearance. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University.