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A Project in Pictures – A Year of Maintenance in Mali

TDI were awarded a contract to provide fleet maintenance for vehicles in northern Mali, one of the toughest theatres in the world. Mobilised in January 2016, now one year on, this is how the project has grown and developed. Many challenges have been faced in the last twelve months by our Mechanical Maintenance teams in [...]

Update from a TDI Multi-Task Team in the DRC

Our three Multi-Task Teams began operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo in July 2016 and have been clearing areas of hazardous, unserviceable or obsolete stockpiled munitions since. Working in this industry rarely results in a dull day.   Team Two, based in Goma, DRC, got off to a quick start after mobilisation taking on [...]

Two New Contracts for TDI

The Development Initiative Ltd have recently been awarded two new contracts to add to our existing portfolio.   The first will see us delivering Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM) Training and support throughout the Central African Republic, and will be integrated into our existing project infrastructure in country. TDI will provide complete training packages dedicated to [...]

Facts and Figures 2016

TDI was established in 2005 to provide a range of professional services to multinational companies, governmental and non-governmental organisations. To date, TDI has successfully undertaken over 65 projects in various countries like DRC, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Togo, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Côte d’Ivoire and most recently, Central African Republic.

New Contract Win in DRC for TDI

The Development Initiative have recently been awarded a contract to deploy to familiar territory, namely the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Starting on 1st July 2016, TDI has been tasked with supporting the MONUSCO mission by providing three Multi-Task Teams (MTTs) who will perform a range of services from Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Clearance, [...]

Anti-Poaching Efforts Aided by Donation

TDI recently donated three detectors to the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) to assist with their anti-poaching efforts in the field.   The detectors are being used by anti-poaching rangers for snare sweeps and ballistics recovery from wildlife crime scenes within their areas of operation. TDI conducted a brief training course on the use of the [...]

Mine Awareness Day 2016 – South Sudan

On Monday April 4, 2016, TDI attended an event that was held at Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, for the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The event was presented by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), in partnership with the South Sudan National Mine Action [...]

Boy Brings Hand Grenade to TDI Compound Highlighting Ongoing Need for MRE

In December 2015, a curious, uninformed, 13 year old boy brought a hand grenade close to the TDI compound in Abyei, Sudan.  He had kept it for three weeks in a friend’s home unaware of the inherent danger of handling this extremely dangerous item. Thankfully, the team were able to persuade the boy to hand [...]

New Challenging Remote Logistics Support Contract in Mali

TDI were recently awarded a contract to provide fleet maintenance for vehicles in northern Mali, one of the toughest theatres in the world. TDI will provide repairs and maintenance in four key locations in Mali to ensure MINUSMA and UNMAS can continue to deliver their humanitarian support mission in Mali.   The project will see [...]


The Guardian – February 2016

From landmines to improvised bombs, weapons impair development   Unexploded devices that injure civilians in conflict and post-conflict zones are a barrier to a better future. That’s why demining work is essential. After the guns fall silent and the bombs stop falling, war has a nasty way of indiscriminately rearing its head and inflicting yet [...]

Mining Elites in Africa – October 2015

Today, there are over 100 million laid and active landmines globally - and that’s not mentioning millions of tonnes of other unexploded ordnance (UXO), such as rockets and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Of course, as a result of ongoing and historical conflict many of these mines and other ERW are located in areas where natural [...]

Devex – September 2015

Clearing the Way for Development by Clearing Landmines   When a conflict ends and the visible threats move out, it is often assumed all potential danger has moved on too. No longer are there groups of rebels or military fighting it out in the open or sounds of gunfire and explosions. All is calm. Or [...]

Oil Review Middle East – October 2015

6 Risk Mitigation Measures for Potential Explosive Remnants of War Contamination   The resource curse is a well-documented conundrum. Too many countries with an abundance of natural resources paradoxically experience lacklustre economic growth and poor social development, whilst many are plagued by ongoing conflict and the persistent legacy of war. One of the untold, but [...]

City AM – June 2015

There are 110 million unexploded mines in the world today, and that's the number under the ground - it doesn't include those being stored, transported or created. "The saddest thing about Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya is that this is destruction on repeat" says Hugh Morris, founder and MD of landmine clearance company The Development Initiative [...]

African Review – June 2015

As Managing Director at The Development Initiative (TDI), Hugh Morris oversees a unique and expansive operation, providing services to humanitarian and developmental projects. The company works, also, with private sector enterprises to prepare the way for critical infrastructure projects - such as in the oil and gas sector, clearing the ground of explosive remnants of [...]

Devex – April 2015

Soon after the conflict between the Albanians and the Serbs ended in 1999, a group of Albanian women started clearing land mines in Kosovo under a project by the Norwegian People’s Aid. For five weeks, the women attended training, where they were allowed to have their children with them. They also received a monthly salary [...]

The Daily Telegraph – November 2014

Meet the British company clearing up the minefields of the world   Some 2,000 people are injured or killed by landmines each month. Meet the British company clearing up the minefields of the world Landmines are a cruel reality of war. Long after the soldiers have gone home, these silent killers lie in wait to [...]

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Slide “TDI has provided a professional and high level of clearance support and accompanying project management. We would recommend them to any future contractor.” Kenan Ozpulat, General Manager, Ant Insaat Sanayi Tic Ltd, 23 February 2011 Slide “Exceeded all my expectations on this work, the professionalism and standard of the work process was exceptional... TDI played a big part in keeping my schedule on track.” Jack Currie, Task Order Manager, Louis Berger/ Black and Veath JV,2008 Slide “I have found TDI to be very thorough and professional in carrying out their demining activities and I have no hesitation in recommending their services to prospective clients.” Dave Little, Chief of Party, Louis Berger Group, Feb 2010 Slide “TDI continues to adapt to the changing requirements of the operational environment and we would have no reservations on recommending them for inclusion in further projects in challenging conditions.“ James Jost, Executive VP – Operations, Terra Seis Geophysical Limited, 20 August 2006 Slide “TDI have conducted all operations with professionalism, enthusiasm and initiative. They have kept production going during extreme weather, when other subcontractors have not been able to maintain their operations.” Phillip Ward, CEO, White Nile Ltd, July 2007 Slide “The work completed to date has been to a standard exceeding expectations of WesternGeco.” Gerrit Schol, WJO Project & Operations Manager, WesternGeco, Kuwait 2015 Slide “(TDI) have conducted themselves in a professional and dedicated manner in all interaction with the Sudanese authorities and local population. In addition to this they have worked closely with the National Mine Action Centre when required and cooperated fully with all our partners in Darfur for which we are very grateful.” Col. A.A Amir, General Director, NMAC, Sudan, 2015 Slide “I am indebted to TDI for the intense and comprehensive training of Sibro’s National EOD Operators and the continuing mentorship of these teams…It is my fervent hope that TDI should continue its good work” A.Y. Mubarak, Director General, Sibro Organisation for Development, Sudan, 2014 Slide “We can certify that the professional relationship established early last year has yielded success in implementing a complex project and delivering the expected results. We value TDI as a reliable partner and are extremely satisfied with the cooperation to date.” Philipp v. Michaelis, Director Sales, MineWolf Systems AG, Sudan, 2011 Slide They have provided a professional and high level of clearance support as well as project management throughout the contract period. We would recommend them to any future contractor.” Gokhan Gul, Member of the Board, Gulsan Group of Companies, South Sudan, 2011