Development cooperation and humanitarian aid
In Mali, Switzerland is active mainly in rural development, food security, governance, peacebuilding, basic education and vocational training.
Thanks to its long-standing efforts in Mali and focus on participatory decision-making processes that concern local stakeholders, Switzerland has been able to continually develop its activities to help the country's people and its institutions. It supports private and public actors in implementing projects that are urgently needed for rural development. People living in rural areas account for over two thirds of Mali's population and about one third of its GDP. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) helps implement initiatives that increase agricultural productivity and incomes.
In the north of the country, Switzerland has resumed its development cooperation work and has stepped up its humanitarian activities. Humanitarian access in certain areas in the north remains difficult, which hinders local residents' access to basic services.
In those areas where it is active, Switzerland promotes food and nutritional security for local communities and helps the Malian government define and implement the National Food and Nutrition Security Policy for the most vulnerable. Competitive, sustainable agropastoral systems can boost the income of family farms.
Mali has been gripped by a security and humanitarian crisis since 2012, but it is demonstrating remarkable resilience and offers many opportunities. In fact, the country's economy grew by 5% in 2015. It has a great deal of agropastoral potential that can be exploited and a young population that can be mobilised (demographic growth of 3.6% per year, 65% of the population under 25). Challenges remain in the areas of peace and security, poverty alleviation, governance, education and employment. Switzerland supports the authorities and people of Mali in their efforts to exploit these opportunities and address these challenges.
Switzerland also assists in the country’s efforts to promote national reconciliation, and carries out activities to protect civilians (promotion of international humanitarian law).
Switzerland and Mali