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Sida's work in Mali

Mali is one of the world's poorest and most aid-dependent countries. Sida's work aims to support democratic development with respect for human rights and gender equality, reduce climate impact and contribute to peace and human security. Sida carries out long-term development cooperation in Mali and provides humanitarian aid.

Progress has been made

Fewer children die

Child mortality rates have declined in recent years, but remain among the highest in the world.1

Action plan for the climate

Mali has adopted an action plan on how to meet international climate commitments.

Civil society is relatively free

Civil society organisations are allowed to operate relatively freely, but progress is fragile and recently there have been several high-profile arrests of persons involved in civil society stakeholders.

Challenges remain

One of the world’s poorest countries

Almost half the population lives in poverty and the number is increasing.2 Mali is one of the world’s most aid-dependent countries.3

Corruption on the rise

Corruption is widespread and a major obstacle to positive development. In Transparency International’s Corruption Index 2021, the country ranks 136 out of 180 countries, a worsening since 2020.4

Military coups and political instability

The political situation is unstable and the deteriorating security situation means that the country faces major challenges.

Two types of aid in Mali

In Mali, Sida implements development cooperation to contribute to long-term development of the country. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations.

Updated: October 5, 2022