Norwegian Church Aid in Mali

  • Presence established: 1984
  • Funds used 2018: 51.5 million NOK

Climate Resilience

12,000 people received help to deal with the consequences of climate change in 2013.

Gender-Based Violence

We reached out to 600,000 people to ensure medical services and judicial rights to victims of gender-based violence.


In 2016 857 women and youth trained in conflict transformation.


In 2016 8000 people got acces to a safe water supply.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​NCA Mali is committed to building constructive inter- and intra-group relations through the establishment and training of a representative and inclusive committee that use non-violent mediation techniques and conflict transformation. We are well-connected to the communities we engage with and ensure local ownership in our services.

We strive to maximize programmatic impact by ensuring that there are synergies across programmes and to that end, programmes are implemented in the same municipalities for a holistic and integrated development intervention. In many of our programmes, we use approaches such as Regenerated Freirean Literacy Through Empowering Community Techniques (REFLECT) and training EPRs for non-violent conflict resolution, and ensure a focus on conflict-gender sensitive programme modalities.  ​

Leïnabou Abdoulaye works full time with repairing and setting up new solar panels in Mali. Photo:Greg Rødland Buick/Norwegian Church Aid
Leïnabou Abdoulaye works full time with repairing and setting up new solar panels in Mali. Photo:Greg Rødland Buick/Norwegian Church Aid

Leïnabou Abdoulaye is now working together with other women as engineers, repairing and installing solar panels in Mali. Read the story of how these projects got started:

Barefoot engineers

Our Programmes

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

​We provide the right-holders access to adequate and sustainable WASH services and infrastructure. To improve local ownership, we mobilise communities to establish gender-balanced WASH committees that have concrete action plans, shared with local duty-bearers, to ensure collaboration amidst all stakeholders. In an effort to ensure community “buy in” and service sustainability, rights holders contribute materially, financially or with labour to construction and maintenance of WASH infrastructure. Additionally, these committees are extremely effective in awareness raising about public health risks related to sanitations and hygiene, and water transportation and storage. Owing to the importance of cattle among many populations in northern Mali, there are measures put in place to manage water supply for both humans and livestock.​


​The primary approach of our peacebuilding programme is to create a culture of peace and non-violence. To that effect, we train and support to EPRs, as a mitigation response to armed conflict exacerbated by a weak state and widespread mistrust amidst Malians. The EPRs are inclusive and representative peacebuilding committees that recruit diverse members, especially women, youth and other vulnerable groups. EPRs train beneficiaries to identify drivers of conflict and learn non-violent mediation techniques, and accompanied by literacy and numeracy training for those who need it. We aim to solidify the legitimacy of EPRs through promoting complementarity between EPRs and local/regional authorities. This coordination could potentially lead to EPRs playing a formative role in transitional justice initiatives outlined in the Peace Accord. 

Gender-based violence (GBV)

​Regressive gender norms, coupled with poverty, especially in rural areas, result in bleak development indices for Malian women. We, therefore, are committed to promoting women’s rights, gender-positive social norms, and protection against gender-based violence. We mobilise communities, especially religious leaders, women and youth groups, to minimise the social acceptance of harmful traditional practices and encourage reliance on conventional reproductive and health services. Duty-bearers are lobbied to implement gender-progressive laws and allocate proper resources to end GBV and harmful traditional practices. Apart from awareness raising on causes and consequences of GBV and provision of services for women and girls subjected to violence, we work actively with men in their communities as agents of positive change.

​Local democratic governance

​In addition to the aforementioned our global programmes, this project on Local Democratic Governance Program for the Management of Natural Resources is being implemented with four other international NGOs (SNV, Helvetas, Swiss Intercoopération and Diakonia), funded by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). Our programme goal is to secure landownership to reduce poverty through inclusive, accountable and sustainable management of natural resources.  We build right-holders competence about land rights particularly of women and youth, and strengthen the capacity of CSOs for better advocacy on issues related to land rights and management of natural resources. ​

​Emergency preparedness and response

​Currently, we aim to prioritise WASH interventions in our emergency response. However, the previous responses have been multi-sectoral in the domains of food security, livelihood, WASH, and protection. We also implemented a small humanitarian mine action project in Kidal in 2014-2015, owing to our geo-graphic expertise. We hope to develop an emergency preparedness response plan (EPRP) consultation with our partners and relevant stakeholders. The plan will address NCA Mali’s preparedness to respond to potential disasters and plan for them as fully as possible. We participate in in different humanitarian coordination fora, particularly UN clusters on WASH, food security and protection. ​

Where we work

​NCA will implement its long-term programmes and respond to humanitarian emergencies in the following regions in Mali: Kidal, Timbuktu, Gao, Mopti.

Who we work with

​​​Our presence in Mali dates back to 1984 and consequently, we have developed strong partnerships and networks with a wide array of faith-based and civil society organisations (FBOs, CSOs). Based on “Do no harm” perspective, we have a geographic balance in selection of our partners due to interregional sensitivities. 

Important documents


  • Association for the Promotion of Rural Sahel 
  • Association for Training, Research and Development
  • Association for Women and Children’s’ Health 
  • Intadeyne Rural Craftsmen Group 
  • Malian Association for Survival in the Sahel 
  • Malian Development Association
  • Network for Advocacy and Lobbying 
  • Research Group for Improving Community Initiatives 
  • Sahelien Association for Decentralised Development
  • Solidarity for the Sahel 
  • WOIYO KONDEYE (Mutual Aid and Reflexion Forum for Women) 
  • Women Action Research, Study and Training Group