Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action

Anama principles

Due to the unique nature of humanitarian mine action operations ANAMA, in addition to the customary humanitarian aid principles, is operating based on three main principles: Safety, Effectiveness and Efficiency.


This principle overrides all other principles. The safety of all staff and stakeholders is the prime concern of the program. Equally important is the safety of end users of the land. This is observed through strict adherence to drills, rules, procedures and safety precautions for operations as well as administration, finance, and logistics. As a basis for safety, the minimum requirement is to abide by the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) and national mine action standards.


ANAMA will ensure effectiveness of its activities through systematic data gathering and processing, considering community needs, adherence to national mine action prioritization criteria and through open consultation and coordination with development and aid organizations.


Efficiency and cost effectiveness would be ensured through enhanced training, realistic selection of priorities, improved operating procedures and appropriate resource allocation that is using the right tool for each task identified.


In order to ensure that all mentioned principles are adhered to, the following criteria will strictly be enforced during selection of operational activities:

- The area must be secure and free of fighting.
- The task must confirm with national priorities.
- Refugees or IDPs are returning into the area.
- Reconstruction tasks have to be planned, funded and ready to commence under the national reconstruction program.
- Local authorities and communities must have been consulted.
- Mine Risk Education activity must be implemented
- The population must derive immediate humanitarian, economic or social benefits after the operation.