Supporting sustainable recovery of the most vulnerable populations and strengthening their resilience
ACTED started its emergency programmes in response to the complex crisis in Mali in 2012, and has been present in the country since then. ACTED progressively adapted its intervention from addressing the emergency needs of internally displaced populations to accompanying their longer term recovery, targeting more than 590,000 beneficiaries in 2015, either in their area of origin or in the location of displacement. As peace takes hold progressively in Mali, it is now crucial to support the return process of internally displaced people, strengthen the livelihoods and the resilience of the most vulnerable, while also promoting social cohesion.
Food security, recovery and social cohesion in Northern Mali
Affected by a complex crisis involving armed as well as political and ethnic conflicts, and the devastating effects of climate change, Northern Mali needs to be rebuilt as it faces high levels of food and nutritional insecurity. The region’s recovery is all the more urgent since displaced populations are progressively returning to the area. In this context, ACTED provided food assistance to the most vulnerable populations, supported their livelihoods, and strengthened conflict management mechanisms and dialogue between and within communities in order to promote social cohesion.
Fighting against acute under-nutrition in Koro Circle
Nutritional insecurity is particularly affecting Central Mali. Associated with a lack of access to water, hygiene and sanitation as well as with the weaknesses of the Malian healthcare system, this nutritional insecurity results in important rates of acute child under-nutrition, threatening young children’s lives. In 2015, ACTED addressed the immediate needs of Koro’s population through an adapted response to build capacities in terms of malnutrition prevention, screening and treatment. This notably included providing material and trainings to health centers, or conducting community awareness raising activities.
Multi sectorial support to urban refugees in Bamako
Mali has been a host country to refugees since several years, and is still facing refugees and asylum seekers’ arrival. Given the country’s complicated socio-economic situation, ACTED aims since 2015 at facilitating the empowerment and integration of refugees into Malian society, for those who wish to stay in Bamako. ACTED is thus providing a multi sectorial support to refugees in Bamako, covering the health and education costs and supporting the start of income generating activities and access to vocational training. ACTED is also strengthening community-based management and contributes to support refugees when they arrive in Bamako, alongside with organizing awareness sessions on gender based violence.
Supporting Mali’s recovery
After years of conflicts and months of negotiation, a peace agreement has finally been signed by all Malian belligerents in 2015. Mali must now look resolutely to the future, pursuing the stabilization process and accelerating development in the North of the country. In this context, ACTED will continue to work in Bamako as well as in Northern and Central Mali to accompany the country’s rehabilitation efforts. ACTED will particularly focus on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations, in order to strengthen their livelihoods and resilience in the longer term.
Kaynibonga group of women dyers in Menaka third district – a solidarity success story
In order to support livelihoods, strengthen social cohesion and empower women, ACTED started a project aimed at reviving local income-generating activities in Menaka area. A supportive women’s group called “Kaynibonga” was therefore trained in business management. They also received support to start a micro-project, so they would be able to restart a sustainable and profitable business. According to the group’s president, the trainings and material support provided by ACTED enabled them to increase the production while cutting the costs, thereby raising the group’s benefits.
Pursuing vulnerable population resilience strengthening
In spite of the progress made by humanitarian actors in 2014 and 2015, much remains to be done to ensure that Malians are able to regain sustainable livelihoods. Fighting malnutrition and accompanying populations in restructuring their homes and livelihoods were still priorities in 2015. A high number of people are still suffering the consequences of the last crisis and remained in a state of high vulnerability in 2015.
Partners in 2015
Direction Générale de l'Aide Humanitaire et de la Protection Civile (ECHO), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Swiss agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), USAID Food For Peace (FFP), World Food Programme (WFP)