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