Despite two decades of rapid economic growth, landlocked Mali remains one of the world’s poorest countries, ranking at 182 out of 187 countries in in the 2012 Human Development Index. Out of a total population of 13.3 million, 51 percent lives on less than US$1.25/day. In the decades after independence, Mali suffered droughts, rebellions, a coup and 23 years of military dictatorship. However, since its first democratically-elected president took power in 1992, it has had a civilian government and enjoyed relative political stability.
How We Are Helping?
UNCDF helps Mali to meet its development challenges the Collectivités Territoriales et Développement Local (CTDL) programme. This programme aims to improve access to community facilities and basic social services for people from the regions of Timbuktu and Mopti toward the goal of improving overall natural resource management. This programme is jointly supported by UNCDF, UNDP, the Belgian Fund for Food Security (BFFS), the European Commission, Luxembourg, and the Government of Mali.
UNCDF is also active in Mali with the Renforcement des capacités des acteurs en planification locale pour l'accélération de l'atteinte des OMD dans les 166 communes du Programme National de Sécurité Alimentaire (PNSA), which works to improve planning capacity and management of local development, particularly in municipalities that are highly vulnerable to food insecurity. This programme is jointly supported by UNCDF, UNDP, GoAL WaSH, and the MDG Centre, in partnership with the Government of Mali as well as the SNV (Foundation of Netherlands Volunteers).
Finally, as part of UNCDF’s support to the Projet d'appui à la décentralisation et au développement économique (PADDER), UNCDF is implementing the Local Government Financial And Institutional Diagnostic For Development (LOGFIDD) . LOGFIDD assists local authorities in increasing their efficiency and finding sustainable solutions to the challenges of decentralization, local economic development, and service delivery to local populations through strong local governance. This component is funded by the African Development Bank.