Canada Resumes Direct Bilateral Assistance to the Republic of Mali

Canada supports Mali's development efforts to improve living conditions and reinforce democracy as well as security

April 10, 2014 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, confirmed today that, following a successful democratic transition by means of Presidential and legislative elections, Canada will resume direct bilateral assistance to the government of the Republic of Mali. Canada's bilateral assistance to Mali will contribute to the country's development, to the improvement of the condition of women and children, and will support the government's efforts to reinforce democracy and security.

"Our government supports a concerted international approach to the ongoing challenges in the Sahel region," said Minister Paradis. "Canada's long-term development assistance is critical to social and economic stability in Mali. We are satisfied that a civilian-led democratic government in Mali is working to overcome the challenges affecting the region."

Quick Facts

  • Canada was one of the first countries to suspend direct bilateral aid to the Government of Mali following the coup in March 2012.
  • During the crisis, Canada continued its vital development work in Mali through support for multilateral partners, as well as for Canadian and international organizations.
  • Mali is a country prone to recurrent drought and it continues to face the consequences of the food and nutrition crisis that affected much of the Sahel region in 2012. In 2014, the number of food-insecure Malians is estimated at 3.3 million.
  • Humanitarian needs are compounded by the conflict in the north of Mali, which has caused the displacement of more than 472,000 people, including 171,000 Malians who fled to neighbouring countries to escape the violence. Women and children represent the majority of people affected and in need of assistance.
  • Canada's humanitarian assistance is helping meet the needs of vulnerable populations affected by ongoing conflict and food insecurities.

Contacts

Margaux Stastny
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie 
819-953-6238
margaux.stastny@international.gc.ca
Media Relations Office
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