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About 16 million people live in the Republic of Mali. The capital is Bamako. The official language is French. 90% of the population is Muslim.
For the past 20 years Mali has been, if not prosperous, at least stable and democratic. In 2012 Islamist rebels seized control of northern Mali. French troops helped recapture it. In 2013, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was elected president. Read more...
Economy: Mali has a 2012 per capita GDP of $587. Half the population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day. Key industries are agriculture (which employs 80% of Malian workers) and fishing. Cotton is Mali’s largest crop export. Mali's natural resources include gold, uranium, and salt.
Health: Mali's health and development indicators rank among the worst in the world. Life expectancy at birth is 52 years, among the lowest in the world. A third of the population has no access to safe drinking water. Malaria, Cholera and Tuberculosis are prevalent. Over 90% of Mali's girls and women have had some form of female genital mutilation performed on them.
Education: The literacy rate in Mali is only 30%. Furthermore, it is significantly lower for women than for men. On average, the adult population has only had 2 years of schooling. Although education in Mali is in principle free of charge and compulsory for nine years, actual enrolment is low (secondary school enrolment in 2001 was as low as 20% for males and 10% for females). This is in large part because families are unable to pay the uniforms, books, supplies, and other costs required to attend. On top of that, rural areas suffer from a lack of schools, as well as shortages of teachers and materials.
Projects in Mali
Strichting Bloemendaal - Dogon
Teacher Training - Meaningful Language Skills, Dogon area, 2016-2019
A consortium of motivated organisations, including Stichting Bloemendaal-Dogon (SBD), provides assistance to the... more

Tree Aid
Regreening projects, Mopti to Segou, 2015-2018
Tree Aid helps villagers in arid areas in Africa unlock the potential of trees to combat poverty and protect nature. Together with... more

Stichting Vluchteling
Accelerated educational programme for 900 children in Ménaka district, 2015-2016
Netherlands Refugee Foundation (Stichting Vluchteling) gives refugees emergency aid, supports... more

Stichting Mali
Construction of a technical school in Kambila, 2010-2014
The Mali Foundation, in association with its local partner Solisa, will set up a basic technical school to provide some... more

Tools To Work
Material for female vocational school, Bandiagara, 2014-2015
Tools to Work revises quality goods in the Netherlands and passes on its knowledge so local communities can revise and... more

Solidaridad
Switch to sustainable cotton production, 2011-2012
Mali is the largest producer of cotton in Western Africa. Cotton is a good source of income, but it's extremely harmful to the... more

ALPHALOG
Communal management of grazing land and forest restoration in Ségou, 2009-2011
The agricultural region Ségou frequently suffers from food shortages caused by the exhaustion of... more

AMSS
Protection of natural resources in Timbuktu, 2009-2011
In ten villages in the Timbuktu region primarily women will be trained in organic market gardening and small livestock farming... more

SKN
Construction and equipment of a Vocational Training Centre, Bamako, 2009-2011
The Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland (SKN) is building a new vocational centre at the heart of the... more

GRAT
Sustainable management of the forest of Koubaye, 2009-2011
This project aims to protect and restore 7,700 km2 of forest by making environmental agreements between the authorities of... more

Stichting Djenné
Construction of a school for elementary and secondary education, Djenné, 2010-2013
The Djenné Foundation focuses on education, the arts, and culture in the city of Djenné, Mali. In... more

VAM
Construction of a vocational school for women, Bandiagara, 2010-2011
The Women and Labour Market Foundation (VAM) is a center of expertise for women's vocational schools. The... more

CPMA
Modern Teaching Equipment for vocational training centre CPMA, Bamako, 2010-2011
The Centre Professionel Mécanique Auto (CPMA) for vocational training in car engineering, will be... more

ICCO
Preservation of Natural Resources, Timbuktu, 2009-2010
Because of years of draught and a fast population growth, the natural vegetation of the Timbuktu region is under pressure. Because of this... more

IUCN Nederland
Sustainable management of wetlands around Lake Doro, 2010-2011
9,500 people live in eight villages in the tidal area within the project region in South-West Mali: farmers, cattle-breeding nomads and fishermen. These people... more

Stichting Mali
Construction and equipment of a primary school in Balandougou, 2009
The Dutch Mali Foundation and its regular Malinese partner Solisa support the local people in the hills... more

Stichting Mali
Construction of a primary school in N'goro, 2008-2009
The Dutch Mali Foundation and its permanent Malinese partner Solisa together support the community living in the hills around... more

Read To Grow
School Books for Developing Countries, 2007-2008
The Read to Grow Foundation collects second-hand recreational and school books and sends them to village schools in developing countries... more

Stichting Mali
Construction of a school in Kenenkou, 2007-2008
The Dutch Mali Foundation supports the population in the vicinity of Bamako in Mali. One of its projects is the construction of a secondary school with a capacity of 200 to 300 pupils... more

DONKO
Sustainable management of wetlands around Lake Doro, 2007-2009
9,500 people live in eight villages in the tidal area within the project region in South-West Mali: farmers, cattle-breeding nomads and fishermen. These people... more

See also: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo, other countries...

Recent history of Mali
    Mali became independent from France in 1960. The first President quickly established a socialist one-party state, and nationalized many economic resources. After 8 years of progressive economic decline, his regime was overthrown in a bloodless military coup led by Moussa Traoré.
    Traoré ruled for 23 years, forcibly repressing dissenters and political unrest, and surviving several coup attempts. He tried to meet IMF demands at the cost of the population, and tried but failed to reform the economy. In 1990, cohesive opposition movements emerged from growing dissatisfaction with the one-party politics, the corrupt elite and the dictatorial regime. In 1991, some of the anti-government protests and strikes ended in massacres when Traoré ordered soldiers to fire on the demonstrators. Soldiers started to join the protests, leading to a coup. Traoré was sentenced to death, opposition parties were legalized and a new democratic constitution was set up.
    For the next 20 years, from 1992 to 2011, Mali was politically and socially stable and saw a succession of presidents chosen via democratic, multi-party elections.
    Unfortunately, in 2012 a military coup in the capital allowed Tuareq rebels to take control of the north of Mali and declare the secession of a new state. Soon after, Islamist groups (including AQIM, "Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb") took control away from the separatists and vowed to bring all of Mali under Sharia (Islamic law). With the help of French troops, most of the north was recaptured.
    In the capital, the head of the military junta ceded power back to ex-Prime Minister Dioncounda Traoré (no relation to the ex-dictator), who was Acting President until national elections were held in 2013, which were won by Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.


Project details

Strichting Bloemendaal - DogonAssociation Dogon Initiative Teacher Training - Meaningful Language Skills, Dogon area, Mali, 2016-2019
A consortium of motivated organisations, including Stichting Bloemendaal-Dogon (SBD), provides assistance to the Dogon region. Together with its local partner Association Dogon Initiative (ADI), SBD is improving the quality of education at 45 schools by implementing the active and child-centred teaching method 'l'AMI'. The l'AMI approach works well in the local context and the topics fit with children's perceptions, so the teaching material is absorbed better. Forty teachers a year are trained how to use the method. Fifteen 'expert teachers' are being trained to guide other teachers on-the-job.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €45,000 towards this initiative, of which €5,000 in 2016. see also: Other teacher training projects
Teacher Training Language Skills, january 2015
Teacher Training Language Skills, january 2015


Tree Aid Regreening projects, Mopti to Segou, Mali, 2015-2018
Tree Aid helps villagers in arid areas in Africa unlock the potential of trees to combat poverty and protect nature. Together with local conservation organisations, such as the Malian Association for the Conservation of Wildlife and the Environment (AMCFE), Tree Aid wants to work via subprojects in order to green a 400 km long corridor between Mopti and Segou. This subproject involves nearly 1,000 farmers in 15 villages in the municipalities Samine and Sakoiba. Farmers learn to manage their land better, which increases tree density per hectare and improves agricultural productivity and soil quality.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €125,000 towards this next phase in the green corridor in Mali (of which, €50,000 in 2016). see also: Other regreening projects
Villagers planting trees in Mopti region, Mali
Villagers planting trees in Mopti region, Mali


Stichting Vluchteling Accelerated educational programme for 900 children in Ménaka district, Mali, 2015-2016
Netherlands Refugee Foundation (Stichting Vluchteling) gives refugees emergency aid, supports repatriation and helps with reconstruction, including in the field of education. Unrest in Ménaka in northern Mali has deprived 8,000 children of education. The project's Accelerated Learning Programme is enabling 900 children to learn the course material they have missed in a short time and then to participate in regular education in the 2015-16 academic year. 210 members of school management committees are being trained and supported to perform their role well, 30 learning centres have been made available by the communities and 30 teachers are being trained to be able to give these children the learningNetherlands Refugee Foundation programme.

The Turing Foundation contributes €50,000 for project materials and training. see also: Other teacher training projects
Accelerated learning programme for 900 children in the district of Ménaka, Mali
Accelerated learning programme for 900 children in the district of Ménaka, Mali


Stichting MaliSolisa Construction of a technical school in Kambila, Mali, 2010-2014
The Mali Foundation, in association with its local partner Solisa, will set up a basic technical school to provide some prospect beside primary education in an area where there is no secondary education whatsoever. The object is to school underprivileged youths for trades that are needed in the area. Trainings will consist of 3, 6, and 12-month modules.

The Turing Foundation will contribute € 40.000 in 2010 for the construction of the technical school. see also:
      Stichting Mali: other projects
      Solisa: other projects
      Other building projects
      Other vocational training projects
Progress at the building site of the technical school, Kambila, Mali, January 2012
Progress at the building site of the technical school, Kambila, Mali, January 2012


Tools To WorkVAM Material for female vocational school, Bandiagara, Mali, 2014-2015
Tools to Work revises quality goods in the Netherlands and passes on its knowledge so local communities can revise and maintain them themselves. In doing so, they provide tools and machines (computers, bicycles, sewing and knitting machines, and woodworking tools) for small businesses and vocational education centres in developing countries. Tools to Work will be providing 120 bicycles and 30 sewing machines and complementary tool sets for a female vocational school in Bandiagara (built with help of the Turing Foundation). The donation will allow 100 women to learn how to make and fix clothes and make a living that way. On top of that, 14 women will be trained to revise and maintain the machinery and tools, which will earn them money as well.

The Turing Foundation will contribute € 20,000 for revision and shipment of the bicycles and sewing machines, as well as for the local training. see also:
      Tools To Work: other projects
      VAM: other projects
      Other vocational training projects
Women's vocational school, Bandiagara, Mali
Women's vocational school, Bandiagara, Mali


SolidaridadAProCa Switch to sustainable cotton production, Mali, 2011-2012
Mali is the largest producer of cotton in Western Africa. Cotton is a good source of income, but it's extremely harmful to the environment. In a pilot phase, 4,000 farmers switched to sustainable cotton farming that meets the international "Better Cotton Criteria'. In the long run, this will prove enormously beneficial to nature. For the second phase, Solidaridad and local organisation AProCa want to have another 21,000 farmers make the switch to sustainable cotton production.

For the project's second phase, the Turing Foundation contributes € 100,000 (of which € 50,000 in 2012).

Cotton farmer outside Fana, Mali
Cotton farmer outside Fana, Mali


ALPHALOGICCO Communal management of grazing land and forest restoration in Ségou, Mali, 2009-2011
The agricultural region Ségou frequently suffers from food shortages caused by the exhaustion of agricultural and grazing land. Forests are chopped down for fire wood and frequently disputes arise about the scarce wells and between nomadic herdsmen and landowners. In order to stop the advancing desert, this project teaches the local population to grow their own trees for replanting or for sale, wells are being dug for the livestock and trees are being planted, such as the baobab that is threatened with extinction. In order to restore the ecological balance, at least 50 hectares of forest are to be planted every year. In addition, members of the local authority and other people involved are trained in communal environmental management.

The Turing Foundation supports the Malian organisation ALPHALOG through the development organisation ICCO with € 110,000, of which € 30.000 in 2011, the final year of the project. ALPHALOG collaborates with the Malian Turing partners OMAES, AMSS and GRAT. see also:
      ICCO: other projects
      Other regreening projects
Reforestation of desertified soil. Turing project visit, November 2010
Reforestation of desertified soil. Turing project visit, November 2010


AMSSICCO Protection of natural resources in Timbuktu, Mali, 2009-2011
In ten villages in the Timbuktu region primarily women will be trained in organic market gardening and small livestock farming and in the use of wood-saving ovens. One hundred of the poorest women in these villages will receive a micro credit for 2 goats, 1 male and one female, and seed to grow fodder for the animals. Two hectares of forest will be planted per village. To accomplish this, the villagers are provided with seed, and they are trained in growing trees for their own use and for sale. The establishment of an agreement on protecting the environment between various local authorities forms the basis of this project (Conventions Locales). This is even a resolutive condition for receiving this grant.

The Turing Foundation supports the Malian organisation AMSS through the development organisation ICCO with € 106,000 (€ 30.000 in the final year 2011). AMSS collaborates with the Malian Turing partners OMAES, ALPHALOG and GRAT. see also: ICCO: other projects
Family garden, Turing project visit, November 2010
Family garden, Turing project visit, November 2010


SKNENDA Mali Construction and equipment of a Vocational Training Centre, Bamako, Mali, 2009-2011
The Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland (SKN) is building a new vocational centre at the heart of the Malinese capital Bamako, together with the local organisation ENDA Mali. The centre will offer one- and multi-year vocational training programmes in the field of wood- and metalworking, car mechanics, shoemaking, fabric dyeing, et cetera.

The Turing Foundation contributed € 40,000 in 2009 to the construction and equipment of this new vocational centre, which hopes to open its doors in September 2010. see also:
      SKN: other projects
      Other building projects
      Other vocational training projects
Progress at the building site, Turing project visit, November 2010
Progress at the building site, Turing project visit, November 2010


GRATICCO Sustainable management of the forest of Koubaye, Mali, 2009-2011
This project aims to protect and restore 7,700 km2 of forest by making environmental agreements between the authorities of four local communities. Environmental education will be given to 8,000 adults and children. A thousand wood-saving ovens will distributed and village blacksmiths will be taught how to produce them. The local people will also be trained in growing trees, both for replanting in the forest and for sale. Women will be trained in organic market gardening (seed will also be made available) and livestock farming (micro credits will be given for goats, male and female). GRAT will also dig 15 wells.

The Turing Foundation supports the Malian organisation GRAT through the development organisation ICCO (a total sum of € 63,500). The project runs from 2009 until mid 2011. GRAT collaborates with the Malian Turing partners OMAES, ALPHALOG and AMSS. see also: ICCO: other projects
Women using wood-saving ovens. Turing project visit, November 2010
Women using wood-saving ovens. Turing project visit, November 2010


Stichting Djenné Construction of a school for elementary and secondary education, Djenné, Mali, 2010-2013
The Djenné Foundation focuses on education, the arts, and culture in the city of Djenné, Mali. In close cooperation with the local NGO community and the educational institutions, the foundation wants to set up an exemplary school that offers both elementary and secondary education for a total of 300 children. Education will be bilingual (Bambara and French) and classes will consist of no more than 50 students. Teachers will be trained yearly. The school's vocational training will consist of short courses (textile-, wood- and metalworking).

The Turing Foundation contributes € 20,000 for the realization of the school that is to open its doors in 2011. see also:
      Other building projects
      Other vocational training projects
Progress of construction, July 2012, Djenné, Mali
Progress of construction, July 2012, Djenné, Mali


VAM Construction of a vocational school for women, Bandiagara, Mali, 2010-2011
The Women and Labour Market Foundation (VAM) is a center of expertise for women's vocational schools. The foundation wants to keep the idea of women's vocational schools alive by offering short, part-time trainings, individual coaching, follow-up and day care. In Bandiagara, Mali, VAM works closely with the local NGO community and educational authorities to set up a vocational school for women aged fifteen and over. A total of 150 women will be trained every year, as well as coached in their quest for work, or with the start of their own business.

The Turing Foundation contributes € 30,000 for the school's construction, the first courses of which will start in March of 2011. see also:
      VAM: other projects
      Other building projects
      Other vocational training projects
Women's vocational school, Bandiagara, Mali
Women's vocational school, Bandiagara, Mali


CPMAPUM - Netherlands Senior Experts Modern Teaching Equipment for vocational training centre CPMA, Bamako, Mali, 2010-2011
The Centre Professionel Mécanique Auto (CPMA) for vocational training in car engineering, will be expanding with a four-year degree at Brevet de Technicien level (standard technician's certificate). To that end, PUM will provide training on modern car engineering for teachers and development of a new curriculum. Additionally, the school is in need of modern teaching equipment.

In 2010, the Turing Foundation will contribute € 35,500 for the purchase of modern teaching equipment. see also:
      Turing Foundation en PUM (Magazine Zomer 2011)
      PUM - Netherlands Senior Experts: other projects
      Other vocational training projects
CPMA Vocational training, Bamako, Turing project visit, November 2010
CPMA Vocational training, Bamako, Turing project visit, November 2010


ICCOOMAES Preservation of Natural Resources, Timbuktu, Mali, 2009-2010
Because of years of draught and a fast population growth, the natural vegetation of the Timbuktu region is under pressure. Because of this, important sources of income for the local population are threatened to be lost. The Dutch development organisation ICCO and the Malinese organisation OMAES are running a project in 10 villages in this region in North Mali, which offers alternative sources of income to the women of the 15 poorest households in each village (market gardening and durable small live stock holding) including training.

The Turing Foundation contributes € 100,000 to this project (€ 30.000,- in 2010). see also: ICCO: other projects
Timbuktu region, Mali
Timbuktu region, Mali


IUCN NederlandDONKO Sustainable management of wetlands around Lake Doro, Mali, 2010-2011
The Malinese organisation DONKO aims to improve the sustainable management of Lake Doro and the adjacent tidal areas in the province of Kayes, in the most Western part of Mali. This area is both economically and biologically of great importance. The project area has 9500 inhabitants, living in 8 villages: farmers, cattle breeding nomads and fishermen. In the previous phase of the project several crucial arrangements have been successfully laid down in management agreements with the many users of this area (amongst whom fishermen, farmers, shepherds and foresters). Moreover, investments have been made in sustainable vegetable cultivation, and in more sustainable fishing and forestation methods. The next phase of this project focuses on a further development of alternative sources of income for 300 women by the creation of vegetable gardens, reforestation of 26 hectares of land and by increasing the environmental awareness in school children.

In 2010, the Turing Foundation provides funding for this project via IUCN NL, donating € 33,000. see also:
      IUCN Nederland: other projects
      DONKO: other projects
      Other mangrove projects
Vegetable gardens near the wetlands around Lake Doro, Mali
Vegetable gardens near the wetlands around Lake Doro, Mali


Stichting MaliSolisa Construction and equipment of a primary school in Balandougou, Mali, 2009
The Dutch Mali Foundation and its regular Malinese partner Solisa support the local people in the hills surrounding the city of Bamako, and seek, among others, to set up primary education for both boys and girls. In 2007 and 2008 the Turing Foundation financed the construction of several schools by the foundation. The current project is the construction of a primary school in Balandougou, using the same concept as before (3 classrooms, furniture, educational materials, latrines, and a sports field).

With € 20,000 the Turing Foundation covers roughly half the building and furnishing costs of the new school. see also:
      Stichting Mali: other projects
      Solisa: other projects
      Other building projects
Old situation in Balandougou, Mali
Old situation in Balandougou, Mali


Stichting MaliSolisa Construction of a primary school in N'goro, Mali, 2008-2009
The Dutch Mali Foundation and its permanent Malinese partner Solisa together support the community living in the hills around the town of Bamako in Mali, and try to set up institutions of primary education, for both boys and girls. On an earlier occasion, the Turing Foundation already financed the construction of a school by this foundation. This time, the Mali Foundation constructs a primary school for 300 pupils in the village of N'goro, Mali, in accordance with the concept used before (including three classrooms, school furniture, teaching materials, latrines and a sports field).

By donating € 25,000, the Turing Foundation finances approximately two thirds of the costs of construction and equipment for this new school. see also:
      Stichting Mali: other projects
      Solisa: other projects
      Other building projects
School children in front of the new building, Turing project visit, November 2010
School children in front of the new building, Turing project visit, November 2010


Read To Grow School Books for Developing Countries, 2007-2008
The Read to Grow Foundation collects English language recreational and school books and sends them to village schools in developing countries where books and information are scarce.

Read to Grow operates more and more successfully in the Netherlands and the UK. The Turing Foundation contributes € 32,000 in 2007 and 2008 to propagate the Read to Grow concept in other European countries. see also:
      Other projects in focus country Cameroon
      Other projects in focus country D.R. Congo
Books for Tokokoe, Ghana
Books for Tokokoe, Ghana


Stichting MaliSolisa Construction of a school in Kenenkou, Mali, 2007-2008
The Dutch Mali Foundation and its permanent Malinese partner Solisa together support the population living in the hills around the city of Bamako in Mali. One of their projects is the construction of a secondary school in the village of Kenenkou, which will accommodate 200 to 300 pupils. The only educational institute within a few hours' traveling distance is a dilapidated primary school, where 350 children now receive primary education in no more than three classrooms.

With a contribution of € 35,000, the Turing Foundation sponsors the complete building and the equipment of the new school. see also:
      Stichting Mali: other projects
      Solisa: other projects
      Other building projects
The new school in Mali, donated by the Turing Foundation
The new school in Mali, donated by the Turing Foundation


DONKOIUCN Nederland Sustainable management of wetlands around Lake Doro, Mali, 2007-2009
IUCN Nederland joins forces with the Malinese organisation DONKO to coordinate the sustainable management of Lake Doro and adjacent tidal areas in South-West Mali. 9,500 people live in eight villages within the project region: farmers, cattle-breeding nomads and fishermen. Efforts are being made to make these people and the local authorities aware of the importance of sustainable nature conservation, and to help them to reach mutual agreements to that end. The people are supported in tapping alternative sources of income, for example by the contribution of material and knowledge in the field of sustainable vegetable growing, sustained fishing and tree planting.

The Turing Foundation finances this project, which runs until July 2009 (€ 44,000). see also:
      DONKO: other projects
      IUCN Nederland: other projects
      Other mangrove projects
Sustainable vegetable growing
Sustainable vegetable growing