The Trans-Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership, a multi-country interagency effort, combats violent extremism in the Sahel region of Africa. In Mali, activities are underway to build stronger, more stable communities, create entrepreneurial opportunities for youth, and reduce tensions that could be exploited by terrorists or insurgents. USAID is training out-of-school youth in Timbuktu, providing quality instruction in literacy, numeracy, life skills, and technical and vocational training.
In addition, USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) launched the Mali Transition Initiative, also known by its French name, Programme d’Appui a la Transition du Mali, in January 2013 to help lay the groundwork for longer-term political and economic development. OTI’s efforts focus on mitigating conflict and decreasing chances of unrest in the lead up to elections to help build the foundations for a peaceful and democratic Mali. OTI’s assistance is targeted towards Malian civil society and community organizations to help reinforce a return to democratic systems and values.
Last updated: January 21, 2015