Norwegian Church Aid in Mali

  • Presence established: 1984
  • Funds used 2015: 34.5 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.

We have worked in Mali since the drought in the Timbuktu region in 1984. Since then, our work has grown into a long-term rural development programme and an expanded programme for the development of civil society in northern Mali.

Solar energy in Mali

Our programme in Mali focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), peacebuilding, and gender-based violence, as well as emergency response.

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)

In Mali, 64% of the population has access to improved water sources, depending on the regional differences. In the rural regions of Gao, Kidal, Timbuktu, and Mopti, 44% of the population requires immediate humanitarian assistance in water and sanitation.

Norwegian Church Aid is now scaling up our activities to provide people with sustainable access to water, in addition to complementing this with sanitation and hygiene activities.


In Mali, Norwegian Church Aid trains influential community members and religious leaders as resources for peace in their community. These local resource people and trained peace committees analyse local conflicts, identify peaceful solutions through inter and intra-community meetings, and foster reconciliation through dialogue.

Gender-based violence

Harmful traditional practices, such as excision and child marriage, are prevalent in Mali. These practices are a violation of human rights and can have life-threatening consequences to the health and well-being of women and girls.

Norwegian Church Aid mobilises community and religious leaders to reduce the social acceptance of these practices. We also advocate for local and national authorities to elaborate a legal framework to enforce international conventions ratified by Mali.

Emergency Response

Norwegian Church Aid has continued to provide humanitarian relief throughout periods of climate-induced disasters and armed conflict by providing basic needs, such as food assistance and water, to the most vulnerable families. Despite the current instability, Norwegian Church Aid will continue to work alongside local partners to provide humanitarian relief to populations in need.

Our Partners

Norwegian Church Aid believes it is only the people and the communities themselves that can bring about lasting change. We implement our programmes together with local partner organisations and in close contact and coordination with the local government.

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