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Mali – Support for promoting employment in rural areas

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Location Mali
Dates 01/01/2018 30/06/2020
Intervention Area Access to decent work
Funding 300 000,00 €


Since 2012, Mali has been facing a security crisis that has exacerbated underemployment, particularly among young people. Today, these young people, who represent 70% of the population, are exposed to recruitment from Jihadi groups, undermining the implementation of the peace agreement that was agreed in 2015. Internal and external conflicts are also having a very negative impact on the food and nutritional security of the populations and are aggravating situations that are already alarming, particularly with regard to the populations of the desert areas in the north of the country.

The proposed action forms part of the consolidation and expansion strategy of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovering Project that was initiated following the political and security crisis of 2012 (partly implemented by S0S Sahel from 2015 to 2017 in association with the FAO and Care International). It is also an integral part of the Food and Nutrition Insecurity Resilience Project (PRIAN), December 2016-June 2020, partly implemented by S0S SAHEL since December 2016. These two programmes are based on an integrated, multi-sectoral approach, aimed at reconstruction, economic recovery, building vulnerable households' capacity to adapt, community-based organisations, NGOs and local authorities.

In particular, this project aims to create the conditions required for economic recovery in eight communities in the Timbuktu, Mopti and Kidal regions, through the implementation of productive micro-projects, such as the installation of small processing units (for milk, dried meat and drying rice), and the development and refurbishment of hydro-agricultural areas (irrigated areas and market gardens). It will particularly affect young people and women who, before the crisis, were largely engaged in income-generating activities.

In particular, it will contribute to Sustainable Development Goals No. 1 "No poverty", No. 2 "Zero hunger" and No. 8 "Decent work and economic growth".

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Overall objective

Help improve the income of vulnerable populations in eight communities in the Timbuktu, Mopti and Kidal regions , by creating jobs for young people and women in the target areas.

Specific objectives

  • Help build the capacity of organisations for young people and women in rural areas by revitalising these organisations to create the necessary conditions for the emergence of productive collective or individual activities
  • Increase the income of vulnerable social groups (young people and women) and contribute to job creation


Direct beneficiaries:

  • 905 poor and very poor households, i.e. 6,335 people. Market gardening, drying rice and small animal husbandry activities will be reserved exclusively for women in the target households
  • 10 community-based organisations (CBOs) responsible for monitoring and implementing activities at the community level. The project will build their capacity to enable them to play a full part


Indirect beneficiaries

  • The whole population of the target communities, i.e. approximately 70,766 people, comprised of farmers, cattle breeders and agro-pastoralists. These populations will benefit from information/awareness-raising activities so they can learn about the project and become fully involved in order to achieve the expected results
  • Devolved State technical services (Regional Agriculture Directorates, Rural Engineering Directorates, Regional Directorate for Sanitation, Pollution and Nuisance Control, Regional Directorate for Animal Production and Industries, etc.). The project will establish protocols with these various technical services to ensure the necessary advisory support for the benefit of the beneficiary communities

Anticipated outcomes

  • The organisational and technical capacity of young people's and women's groups and associations is strengthened
  • The technical capacity of young people's and women's groups is strengthened
  • Entrepreneurship is developed within producer organisations
  • Agro-sylvo-pastoral production is enhanced
  • Beneficiaries' access to microcredit is improved

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