Canadian supported projects in Mali

From: Global Affairs Canada

Backgrounder

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Innovations in Kayes ($20 million over 5 years)

In partnership with the Université de Montréal – Unité de santé internationale and the Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale, the project aims to enable more than 640,000 women and adolescent girls in the Kayes region to benefit from quality health services by improving their knowledge and increasing their decision-making power and ability to act on their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Nutritional Resilience and Food Security of the Most Vulnerable in Mali ($20 million over 4 years)

In partnership with UNICEF, the UN World Food Programme and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, this project aims to strengthen the resilience of 250,000 people (including 140,000 women) in the regions of Mopti and Ségou by improving the food, nutritional and health security and increasing agricultural productivity and incomes, while addressing the effects of climate change on food security in Mali.

Inclusive financing of agricultural commodity chains ($16 million over 4 years)

In partnership with the International Fund for Agriculture Development, the project aims to improve the financial inclusion of Malian rural populations, organizations and enterprises (particularly women) excluded from the traditional financial system in order to improve their resilience to climatic, social and economic shocks. The project will reach 400,000 direct beneficiaries (50% of whom are women) from the regions of Ségou, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Kayes and Mopti.

Promoting girls’ education in Mali ($10 million over 5 years)

In partnership with CowaterSogema International, this project aims to improve the school performance of more than 16,000 adolescent girls (13-15 years old) in the second cycle of basic education in Mali. The project works to improve access and retention of adolescent girls in targeted schools in the Segou region of central Mali and strengthens the capacity of the Ministry of Education to reduce barriers to adolescent girls’ education and promote quality, gender-sensitive education at the national level.

Improving Access to Maternal and Neonatal Health Services in Mali (SPOTLIGHT +) ($8 million over 3 years)

In partnership with the UN Population Fund, this project aims to contribute to the reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity of more than 500,000 women and girls by strengthening the health system for improved availability and access to services in the regions of Kidal, Ménaka, Gao, Timbuktu, Mopti, Ségou and Bamako.

UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) Trust Fund in Support of Peace and Security in Mali (amendment of $1.8 million over 2 years)

The increase of an additional $1.8M brings Canada’s contribution to the MINUSMA Trust Fund to $9.8M and will provide additional resources towards the implementation of the peace process, including stabilization initiatives to restore state authority to the north, reinforcement of social cohesion, the peaceful resolution of inter- and intra-community tensions, and the protection of civilians in northern and central Mali.

Stabilization of Mali through the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission ($1.6 million for one year)

In partnership with Lawyers Without Borders, this project aims to strengthen the capacity of Mali’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, in particular its investigation and truth-seeking units. The project supports the implementation of the Algiers Peace Agreement and is complementary to the role of the United Nations Integrated Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in its efforts with the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

Arms and Ammunition Management for More Stability in the Sahel Region (amendment of $1.5 million for 1 year)

In partnership with the Mines Advisory Group, this initiative seeks to reduce the flow of illicit arms and to prevent the proliferation of weapons and ammunition in the Sahel. This project focuses on regional cooperation between local authorities, rehabilitation of armories, weapons marking and management, as well as targeted capacity building interventions in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Reducing the flow of arms reinforces conflict prevention, peacekeeping and stabilization efforts in the region.

Police deployments to the Alioune Blondin Beye Peacekeeping School

Canada has deployed two police officers as trainers to the Alioune Blondin Beye Peacekeeping School in Mali where they will focus on providing training in community policing techniques. Canada deploys police through the a partnership between Global Affairs Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Public Safety Canada, This deployment is in addition to the 19 police officers currently serving with MINUSMA and EUCAP Sahel Mali and will be in place until January 2021.

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