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Between emergency and development: Resilience at the heart of ACTED’s operations in Mali

Mali faces a multi-dimensional crisis since 2012 that reached its peak with the armed conflicts in the North of the country. Food and nutritional insecurity, chronic poverty and climate change have contributed to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation. ACTED provides emergency assistance to the most vulnerable, while improving their resilience capacity. In order to address structural and situational challenges, ACTED implements a global response, linking emergency and development focusing on health, nutrition, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene and social protection issues.

The political and security crisis have weakened the state and population of Mali, with 3.53 million people affected by food crises and malnutrition, as well as by decreasing purchasing power and production capacity. ACTED intervenes to improve food security, address malnutrition and improve water access for vulnerable people. In addition, the issue of natural resources management and tensions between communities are increasing. ACTED thus supported farmers through social cohesion activities, allowing them to improve resources and production management.

Responding to food and nutritional challenges through an integrated approach

The crisis left the Malian population in a precarious situation, with 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2016. The crisis has    worsened structural shortages, and the humanitarian aid provided is not enough to cover the needs of the most vulnerable. Malnutrition is a major public health challenge in Mali, worsened by the food insecurity. Since 2016, ACTED has supported poor households through an integrated programme of cash transfers and support activities in the Menaka region, to fight the roots of malnutrition and food vulnerability.

A cross-border approach for a sustainable solution in favor of Malian refugees and repatriated populations

The security and political instability has led to massive displacements of populations: over 520,000 people have been displaced since 2013, many of which still live in Niger. A cross-border approach has been set up by ACTED in Mali and in Niger to support those refugees. In Mali, ACTED has provided emergency assistance with basic kits to these households. Some have also benefited from professional training and access to income-generating activities, improving their economic and social reintegration.

Partners in 2016

Ambassade de France au Mali, Direction Générale pour la protection civile et les opérations d'aide humanitaire européennes de la Commission européenne (ECHO), Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF), Handicap International, Haut-Commissariat pour les réfugiés (HCR), International Refugee Council (IRC), Office Of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Office of Food for Peace (FFP) - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Programme alimentaire Mondial (PAM), Solidarités International, Swiss Agency For Development And Cooperation (SDC)



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