Mali

The Crisis in Mali

1.5 million people people are at risk of food insecurity. And one in eight children is affected by malnutrition. 

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496,000 children younger than 5 are at risk of malnutrition

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Country Info

CARE began its work in Mali in 1975 to help the government respond to an emergency. The work gradually shifted from emergency projects to programs aimed at helping local communities take initiatives for their own development. We emphasize the promotion of democratic governance, including helping community organizations become more effective.

We use partnerships to help build the sustainability of civil society. And we seek to defend the rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized people to obtain basic services. CARE’s program is one of the largest in Mali and is part of the Malian government’s poverty alleviation strategy.

Our Work in Mali

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

HIV & AIDS

Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Agriculture

By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

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Nightmare in Mali

"It was total panic everywhere in the town of Diabaly and the population had only one choice: hide in their houses and pray to God."

Read "Nightmare in Mali," a first person account of the violence in Diabaly, Mali, as told to CARE.

10/21/14

Images of a Life Gone By

From female taxi driver and entrepreneur to refugee, Fatimé is rebuilding her life from scratch. Her entire life is spread out in front of her: vacations in Cameroun, her own store, her...

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Engaging Men and Boys: Lessons Learned

This 12 page brief lays out lessons learned from CARE's learning intiative on Engaging Men and Boys.

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Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality

This ten page brief lays out CARE's framework for engaging men and boys and presents stories of change using this methodology.

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The Mathematics of Crisis: Adding Up the Facts for Action

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The Girl Who Became Her Mother’s Teacher

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Challenging Gender-based Violence Worldwide: CARE's Program Evidence

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Sharing the Work

My name is Mr. Ousmane Goulaka. I am a farmer in Mandoli in the commune of Bara Sara in Bandiagara, Mali.

I participated in the gender and social transformation program in my capacity as a village agent organized by the Nyeleni/Pathways project team with their local partner. During this training a number of topics were covered, but I was really struck by the issue of sharing the workload in the household. As I left the training, many ideas were going around in my head about which task I should take on to help my wife.

Just after the training in the village, I immediately...

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Men Engage: Mali

Men Engage Initiative: CARE Mali, 2011-2014

After 3 years of working on the Men Engage Initiative, our most recent review in Mali shows us the following changes in men’s involvement in women’s empowerment and anti-poverty work.

Men demonstrate a greater acceptance of Family Planning: Husbands accompany their wives to pre and post natal consultations, and cover related expenses; the men have set up a donation system at the community level to enable the rapid evacuation of women with medical problems. Men are more involved in domestic tasks including: collecting firewood, caring...
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Mali IMAGES Report

Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) study that CARE Mali conducted to explore masculinities in Mali. This research represents an effort to increase CARE's understanding about masculinity and gender in Mali. Our hope is that the data and analysis generated will add value to efforts by the Government of Mali and other development actors aiming to promote the rights and empowerment of women and girls.

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A Man Engaged

Patoma Arama is 48 years old and a polygamist from the village of Ama, located 4 kilometers from Ouo, in the region of Mopti. In 2009, Patoma was identified by CARE Mali as a Community Relay for the promotion of maternal and child health. Later, he was identified as a Change Agent for CARE Mali’s Men Engage initiative. Patoma is from a community in which men are resistant to supporting women in their development activities. In spite of this resistance, he quickly understood that women are at the center of sustainable development.

“The capacity building I received helped me a lot. I...

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