Global Report on Results

2015

Mali

Weekly meeting in a local saving and credit group in Gao. The groups are part of NCA’s Women in Governance programme with NCA’s partner GREFFA to strengthen the capacity of local, grass root civil society. Photo: Kalilou Tirera / Norwegian Church Aid, Mali

Mali

NCA ensuring humanitarian access by strengthening grassroots organisations

2011-2015 was a challenging period for Malian civil society due to a series of dramatic events. Drought, armed conflict, the occupation of the three northern regions by rebel movements, a Coup d’Etat and terrorist attacks were all part of a multidimensional crisis. Despite this challenging situation, NCA’s partners not only continued their work but expanded the range and volume of their programmes. The non-interrupted presence came primarily because NCA’s partner portfolio consists of organisations that are rooted in their communities and enjoy a high degree of legitimacy amongst local communities and authorities. This access meant that NCA and partners remained informed about the evolving situation, stayed in tune with the needs of the local population, and implemented humanitarian programmes at a critical time. Years of NCA capacity development invested in its partners and local communities also enabled them to respond effectively to this dynamic situation.

In contrast to other international humanitarian actors who engage Malian NGOs as contractors, NCA has adopted a long-term accompaniment model with these local actors. This approach has achieved results that have had an impact on the lives of thousands of people when it comes to women’s participation, gender-based violence and local conflict resolution. An example of a result is the integral role that local peace committees have played in resolving local conflicts in Northern Mali in recent years, including 186 in Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu regions in 2015.

In relation to strengthening the organisational capacity of partners, NCA’s approach has resulted in partners being able to submit their own annual audited accounts instead of relying on donors for bookkeeping. NCA also supports partners in following up audit recommendations to ensure continuous learning. This is not only important in terms of organisational development, but has in some cases, meant that NCA partners have secured funding from other sources in 2015, including from UN agencies.

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