We strengthen governance and implement peacebuilding activities through local young leaders in Segou and Timbuktu regions. We support the population of these regions as well and the population of Mopti region in their efforts to improve their food security, without increasing their environmental footprint. We also support women and young people in improving their position and participation in society.
In the regions of Kayes and Koulikoro, we create employment opportunities for young people, and in Sikasso we develop agricultural value chains and support inclusion of small producers. We promote better reproductive health care for young people in 87 municipalities in four regions: Ségou, Kayes, Koulikoro and Mopti.
Placed in the “low human development” category, Mali ranks 182nd out of 189 countries and territories. The Malian context remains dominated by a combination of shocks that have multiple impacts on people’s and communities' lives and lifestyles. The political-security crisis that has plagued the country since 2012 and the presence of armed groups in the country have considerably deteriorated the living conditions of the populations that had already been affected by a major drought in the Sahel.
In Mali, the maternal mortality rate is close to 10 per cent and food insecurity particularly affects women and children. With an average age of 16 years, Mali has one of the youngest populations in the world. Each year more than 300,000 new graduates arrive on the job market, unfortunately the employability rate is very low. Most of the population depends on subsistence agriculture for their livelihood. However, climatic hazards and environmental degradation, coupled with increased inter-communal conflicts, have a significant impact on agricultural production.
Cordaid in Mali
In Mali, we work on five axes:
Strengthening governance, security and peacebuilding;
Development of agricultural value chains and supporting inclusion of small producers;
Strengthening food security and sustainable consumption;
Improving access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Cordaid’s projects also take into account cross-cutting themes such as gender mainstreaming, climate change resilience and responsible business conduct.
Strengthening governance and security, peacebuilding
Peace and security are essential preconditions for sustainable development. In Mali the insecurity that has prevailed in recent years has severely affected income generating activities. Cordaid implements programmes that build the capacity of communities to prevent and/or manage conflicts related to natural resource management, socio-political issues, justice and religion.
Creating jobs for young people
Cordaid implements several programmes that focus on job creation, training and the involvement of young people in the decision-making process and management of their community affairs. Through mentorship we strengthen youth organisations.
Value chain development and financial inclusion of small producers
We help small producers to create associations or organizations of producers who receive professional supervision: technical training, production and marketing of products that comply with fair trade standards, are fit for organic certification, and adhere to Global GAP standards.
Strengthening food security and sustainable consumption
Cordaid was actively involved in establishing food and nutrition security coalitions through the Civic Engagement Alliance. We advocate for the implementation of policies and laws that strengthen food security, including the sustainable production of vegetables and other products, needed for a diversified diet.
Improving access to sexual and reproductive health and rights
In Mali, many young people face a lack of access to sexual and reproductive health and rights services and information. In the regions of Ségou, Mopti, Koulikoro and Kayes, Cordaid and its local partners work to improve the reproductive and sexual health of youth and adolescents. Through the six-year Jigiya programme, we aim to educate 1 million young Malians on reproductive health, family planning and their right to protect themselves from early marriage and pregnancy, female genital mutilation and HIV/AIDS.