DDG started a humanitarian mine action programme in Somaliland in 1999 conducting the Somalia Phase One Landmine Impact Survey (LIS), clearing mine fields, battle fields and delivering mine risk education. As the threat from landmines and UXOs has decreased, DDG refocused its work in Somaliland to ensure that its work continues to achieve maximum impact for the communities it works with. To this end, in 2006 DDG ceased its mine-clearance activities in Somaliland, while continuing with small scale village-by-village clearance of UXOs.
A Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) assessment carried out by DDG in 2007 showed that Somaliland suffers from an excess of uncontrolled arms (i.e. an estimated 80% of all households owns at least 1 firearm) which far too often results in unintended accidents and exacerbates the seriousness of low level disagreements.