The ITF was established by the Government of Slovenia in March 1998 to assist Bosnia and Herzegovina in implementing the Dayton Agreement of December 1995 by raising funds, providing services and managing mine action projects. Since its inception, the ITF has focused its fundraising activities and support to humanitarian mine action in SE Europe. As the European Commission acknowldged ITF as the reference model of regional organization in mine action, ITF was asked by mine-affected countries and donors to expand operation to other mine-affected regions and countries as well, e.g. Cyprus, the South Caucasus, Cental Asia, Latin America and Middle East.

As the impact from landmines and UXO in SE Europe becomes less severe, there is a growing need to address other post-conflict and disruptive challenges, to support Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) programmes, and to combat violence and terrorism from the illicit ownership and use of small arms and light weapons (SALW). Such challenges pose a potential threat to human security just as serious as the danger from landmines and UXO.

The ITF Strategy for the period 2009 – 2013 has been developed to apply the organisation’s capabilities to a range of post-conflict and disruptive challenges over the next five years. Such challenges are constantly changing in form and degree, and as such the ITF will need to be forward-looking and agile.

The year 2012 represents a crucial year when ITF has started the procedure to become an international organisation and changed the name into - ITF Enhancing Human Security, being forecasted in ITF Strategy 2009-2013 and in line with it, to address a broader range of global post-conflict and disruptive challanges which threaten the security of individuals and communities. Besides the name, ITF revised whole graphic design together with logo that has square shape and contains remained abbrevation ITF together with three dots bellow. The square presents the territory or substance being part of creative world and ideas and symbolizes security, strength, reliability, power and stability. On the other hand, the three dots represent the expansion of ITF activities that are divided into three strategic goals, the continuation of the story, growth, progress, hope, future and lon-term development. 

The ITF Strategy defined new purpose that is humanitarian and generally useful. The Government of the Republic of Slovenia wishes to contribute to the programs that address countries post-conflict threats and to ensure the safety of individuals and communities, through the ITF. Therefore the ITF will work to support humanitarian mine clearance, mine victims assistance, to reduce the humanitarian and socio-economic impact of landmines and other explosive remnants of war, to diminish the threats to human security by supporting SSR and DDR programs as well as to reduce the risk of other disruptive challenges to human security. Disruptive challenges are both natural as well as other disasters that exceed local capabilities and plans for disaster management. Consequently, the ITF will in accordance with its new mission contribute to the stability, sustainable development and lasting peace in the targeted regions, countries and communities.

Although with the new mission, name, graphic design and logo, ITF still remains humanitarian organisation primarily and strongly devoted to enhance human security and long lasting peace worldwide where the most pressing needs are.
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