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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

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.

Challenges remain

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.

Judicial corruption

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