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Mali is one of the countries most affected by acute malnutrition in children under five. Right2Grow aims to reduce WASH and nutrition inequalities through participatory advocacy by women and youth.

In Mali, the political and security crisis and the occurrence of the corona virus pandemic have an impact on the prevalence of acute malnutrition. Despite the efforts made, one child in four still suffers from chronic malnutrition and 10% of children under five are acutely malnourished according to the latest available surveys.

Pregnant women

Young children are not the only ones suffering from malnutrition: according to a survey conducted in 2019, 20% of pregnant and lactating women have insufficient dietary diversity. Nutrition is only funded at less than 1% of the state budget.

Access to water

According to the latest general population census (2009), the rate of access to basic drinking water service in 2020 is 66% in rural areas, 80% in semi-urban and urban areas and 70% at national level. Prioritising access to water in urban areas to the detriment of rural areas where the growing needs of the population and agro-pastoral activities cause social unrest/conflict and a drop in food production.

Community involvement

Community involvement in decision-making remains weak and is reflected in the failure to integrate nutrition and WASH into most commune economic, social and cultural development plans.

The numbers in Mali
20 m

people live in Mali

27 %

of all children under five are stunted

66 %

of the rural population do not have access to improved sanitation

42 %

of all people are living under the poverty line

Right2Grow in Mali

The intervention of the Right2Grow programme in Mali is dedicated to the emergence of citizens who use their rights and dialogue with actors to achieve changes in social behavior and policies. These citizens do this through multiple coordinated actions with a close link between the communal and national levels. Women and men, young people and people living with disabilities will be organized in analysis and pressure groups.

Empowerment of women

The programme will be implemented in the regions of Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso and the District of Bamako and places a continuous and integrated emphasis on gender, including the empowerment of women in communal activities and decision-making. These also include analyses of municipal and national budgets. Campaigns will raise awareness about the role of the private sector, climate change and COVID-19 in order to have responsible and engaged citizens. This whole process will be supervised by national NGOs/CSOs, whose role is also to provide these pressure groups with national programmatic information related to the regions of intervention.

The main challenges of the programme are:

  • Gender mainstreaming in the programme implementation process
  • Synergy of action of the program with other NGOs intervening on the themes of Right2Grow
  • The availability of financial information on the sectors covered at local and national level
Our partners in Mali

Action Contre la Faim

Is leading the consortium and will provide support to NGOs and CSOs working in the Kayes region and the District of Bamako.

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Association Malienne pour le Développement Communautaire (AMADECOM)

Will work in the communes of the Sikasso region.

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Malian Association for the Protection of the Environment 'STOP-SAHEL'

Will cover the communes of the Kayes Region.

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The National Coalition of the International Campaign for Water and Sanitation (NC-CIEPA)

Will support NGOs in the regions in monitoring and advocating for WASH at local and national levels while ensuring that country commitments to the SWA initiative are met.

Association des Jeunes pour la Citoyenneté Active et la Démocratie (AJCAD)

Will work in Bamako to raise the virtual awareness of stakeholders, particularly through social networks, and will ensure that young people are taken into account in advocacy work.

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Will implement the programme in the region of Koulikoro and will follow the SUN commitments in Bamako.

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Groupe de Suivi Budgétaire (GSB)

Will support local NGOs in budget analysis, monitoring and advocacy in Bamako and citizen watch committees in the communes of Kayes, Koulikoro and Sikasso regions.

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World Vision

Will support NGOs working in the Koulikoro and Sikasso regions while supporting national advocacy with these NGOs.

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Works to build, in particular by empowering civil society, supporting parliamentarians, through training or capacity building on the budget process and monitoring.

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Ibrahima Dembele