Sida's work in Mali
In late May 2021, Mali suffered its second military coup in less than a year. Sida has frozen all payments to programmes being implemented in cooperation with the state. All aid projects in cooperation with civil society and UN organisations are continuing and it is vital to ensure that the most vulnerable members of society receive support and that the country can return to democratic civilian rule.
Sida’s support to Mali 2020
Important thematic areas in Mali
Progress has been made
Lower infant mortality
While infant mortality has decreased over recent years, it remains among the highest in the world.
Climate action plan
Mali has recently adopted an action plan on how to meet its international climate commitments.
Civil society operates with relative freedom
Although civil society organisations are allowed to operate relatively freely, any progress is fragile and several high-profile arrests of civil society actors have recently been noted.
One of the world’s poorest countries
The country was ranked 184th out of 189 countries on the 2019 UNDP Human Development Index. The number of people in need of measures to ensure food security is rising. According to the UN, 1.3 million people lack food security. Mali is one of the world’s most aid-dependent countries.
The Malian judiciary is inadequate and corrupt. Mali is ranked 129th out of 180 countries on Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index.
Military coups and political instability
The political situation in Mali is unstable and there have been two military coups since August 2020, most recently in May 2021. The country faces an uncertain future.
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: 2 July 2021