With funding from USAID/OFDA, Near East Foundation (NEF) distributes cash vouchers to beneficiaries in Mopti Region
With funding from USAID/OFDA, Near East Foundation (NEF) distributes cash vouchers to beneficiaries in Mopti Region, central Mali, in July 2013.

Latest Mali Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Mali requests nearly $263 million to provide humanitarian assistance to 1.6 million of the estimated 4.1 million people in need, a nearly 11 percent increase from the 3.7 million people requiring assistance in 2017.

Humanitarian workers continue to experience attacks and incidences of criminality in Mali. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recorded 133 security incidents targeting relief actors in 2017, a nearly 96 percent increase from the 68 incidents recorded in 2016.

Nearly 4.1 million people could face food insecurity in Mali in 2018, according to the 2018 HRP. Above-average cereal prices, depleted food stocks, and poor pasture conditions have contributed to a 17 percent increase in the number of food-insecure people since 2017. Humanitarian actors report that food insecurity in Mali may worsen in the coming months.


Since 2012, conflict in northern Mali has resulted in displacement, violence, and food insecurity. Improvements in the availability of food and basic services and security conditions in some parts of the country resulted in the return of approximately 60,200 displaced people to areas of origin; however, the UN reported that approximately 55,400 people remained internally displaced, while 141,000 Malians had fled to neighboring countries as of July 2017. Prolonged displacement, disrupted trade flows, and constrained humanitarian access continued to increase vulnerabilities among affected families, according to the UN.

On October 13, 2016, U.S. Ambassador Paul A. Folsmbee reissued a disaster declaration due to the ongoing complex emergency in Mali. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) supported food-insecure and vulnerable internally displaced persons and host community members through projects that aimed to reactivate agricultural production, restore food security, and revitalize livelihood activities. In addition, USAID/OFDA improved access to emergency health care, protection services, safe drinking water, and sanitation infrastructure. USAID/OFDA also funded technical support and data collection on internally displaced persons, returnees, and host communities to ensure effective, appropriate assistance.

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Last updated: April 02, 2018

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