Canadian international assistance in Mali

Canada and Mali established diplomatic relations in 1962 and the first development assistance projects followed in 1972.

In 2016, Mali ranked 175th out of 188 countries on the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index. In 2014, 50.6 % of Mali's 15.8 million inhabitants lived on less than US $ 1.90 per day and 47.5% of the population was under 15 years of age.

The country has an adult illiteracy rate of about 66% and higher infant and maternal mortality, morbidity and malnutrition rates than most countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2014, life expectancy at birth was only 58 years old.

Mali has endured internal strife for more than five years following the 2012 coup. Canada condemned the coup and suspended direct financial support to the government from its development assistance program. This continued until February 2014.

During this period, Canada provided humanitarian assistance to help Malians deal with the crisis while maintaining development initiatives focused on the delivery of basic services.

Since February 2014, Canada has resumed its programming in order to help Mali restart its development, peace and stability while continuing to respond to humanitarian needs in Mali and bordering countries.

Our international development assistance

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The overall objective of Canada's international development program in Mali is to reduce inequality and poverty among the most vulnerable, including women and youth.

The international development program focuses on:

Canada's international development program in Mali is in harmony with the Strategic Framework for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Development in Mali (CREDD 2016-2018). This strategy focuses on the following priorities: good governance, inclusive economic growth, sustainable job creation, equitable access to quality social services and peace and security.

Sexual and reproductive health

Canada is Mali's leading partner in maternal and child health, women's and girls' health.

We continue to support the strengthening of Mali's health system with a view to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Canada also places an emphasis on basic education to increase the primary school enrollment rate and provide quality education.

Key Expected Results:

Irrigation and agricultural development projects

Canada supports irrigation and agricultural development projects and promotes the application of innovative methods and technologies to increase food security, stimulate economic growth and increase the resilience of vulnerable populations in the face of climate change.

Farmers should be able to produce more crops for both their own consumption and for sale in local markets and those of neighboring countries. This progress will contribute to enhancing food security and stabilizing prices in urban centers.

Canada supports the development of financial products adapted to the agriculture sector. We are making these products more accessible to rural populations. We also support the economic empowerment of women so that Malians can meet their socio-economic development needs, while helping to increase food security in the region.

Key anticipated results:

Mali’s justice system

Canada supports the functioning of Mali’s justice system and is helping to enhance the credibility, efficiency and accessibility of Mali’s justice system for all citizens, particularly women.

Canada is supporting the Office of the Auditor General of Mali and is helping to upgrade Mali’s public administration to improve the management of public finances and help combat corruption in Mali.

Canada will also build the capacity of civil society organizations in the areas of development policy analysis, lobbying and citizen oversight so they can better fulfill their role as development players and agents of social change.

Key anticipated results

Progress on aid effectiveness

Canada's international development program in Mali is in harmony with the Strategic Framework for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Development in Mali (CREDD 2016-2018).

This strategy focuses on the following priorities: good governance, inclusive economic growth, sustainable job creation, equitable access to quality social services and peace and security.

Canada has been a member of the Troika since January 2015. The Troika coordinates the Mali Development Partners Group and Canada is using this platform to promote Canadian values ​​such as good governance, equality between Gender and results-based management.

Achievements  

Over the years, initiatives to reduce poverty, improve the health of women and children, improve the Malian education system, strengthen the capacity of agricultural producers and improve governance in Mali Have had considerable success.

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