The U.S. Government suspended its development activities following the March 22, 2012, coup d’état in Mali. Elections support and select critical, lifesaving health and food security assistance have been resumed to meet the basic needs of Malians. Historically, USAID has worked in the following areas:
Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
USAID programs seek to empower Malians to play an important role at the local level of their decentralized government system. The approach consists of developing partnerships with a range of actors—the state, local elected authorities, civil society and the private sector—to find solutions to local development issues. A high priority of the United States Government for Mali is to stress the importance of continuing to prepare for elections to be held as soon as possible through a legitimate, credible electoral process. To that end, USAID will assist the Government of Mali to ensure the elections scheduled for 2013 and 2014 are fair and transparent.
Agriculture and Food Security
USAID focuses on reducing poverty through an integrated set of interventions that will increase food security, agricultural productivity, assets, employment and incomes.
Feed the Future launches a new generation of rural entrepreneurs by developing sustainable agricultural and health systems, delivering technology and knowledge, and building local institutional capacity to spur a vibrant private sector-led approach to achieve economic and food security. Feed the Future invests in three value chains: millet and sorghum for food security and poverty reduction; rice for growth in household incomes and food security; and livestock for growth in household incomes and nutrition. Under the program, an estimated 500,000 people will be directly impacted while 1.26 million people, including 600,000 mothers and children under age 5 will be indirectly impacted in 143 communes, resulting in a 30 percent reduction of under-nutrition in the target areas
Under the Global Climate Change Initiative, USAID addresses pressing climate adaptation issues interventions identified in science and analysis for decision-making and implementation of climate change solutions.
USAID programs aim at improving the quality of instruction in primary and upper-primary schools and promoting out-of-school youth employment. (Education programs are currently suspended due to U.S. Government legal and policy restrictions following the March 22, 2012, coup d’état.)
Since 2003, USAID has implemented a high-impact health services program that provides an integrated package of services to decrease child and maternal morbidity and mortality. Through the President's Malaria Initiative, USAID offers services that reduce the spread of malaria in children and pregnant mothers, including insecticide- treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying, preventative malarial treatment and medication for any child with symptoms.
Through the Global Health Initiative, USAID focuses on strengthening strategic planning for the development of the Health Sector Development Program and providing leadership within the partnership of donors and government; expanding access to post-partum family planning; and on delivering integrated packages of essential services at the community level to work toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
Working in Crises and Conflict
U.S. Government assistance, as mandated by policy and law, has been altered since the military coup d’état. Many programs have been redesigned, suspended or terminated. Elections support and critical, lifesaving programs that provide essential health care, increase food security, and build resilience among the Malian people have been authorized to continue.
Last updated: May 10, 2013