The context

Once acclaimed as an example of stability in West Africa, Mali spiraled into an unprecedented political crisis after the government was overthrown in March 2012. The radical Islamist occupation in the north displaced nearly 400,000 people and compounded a severe food crisis that spanned across the Sahel region.

Today, the country continues to battle insecurity, despite the signature of a comprehensive Peace Accord in June 2015. Widespread poverty, an agricultural economy vulnerable to droughts, limited government service capacity and insufficient infrastructure throughout the country leaves populations in a fragile position.

Our work

  • Economic opportunity: Partnering with communities to create village savings and loan associations, give returned refugees a second chance with cash transfers and livelihoods training, provide business support to young entrepreneurs and link agro-pastoralists to the resources they need to increase productivity
  • Resilience: Building private sector business models to increase financial literacy and test new financial products and services for agro-pastoralists in the north so they can bounce back better after seasonal economic shocks
  • Peace and security: Educating diverse community members, particularly women and girls, about the peace process and getting them directly involved in the implementation of the Peace Accord while working with youth to prevent future conflict