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May 17, 2021

Yassine Ag Magad is a pastoralist from the village of Youmatana, near Anderamboukane town in Mali’s Menaka region. When armed conflict broke out there in 2012, he and his family were forced to flee, abandoning their house, livestock, and property. They sheltered across the border in Niger’s Mangayzé camp for four years before returning home at the end of 2016.

March 23, 2021

In Mali, a country that ranks 158 out of 162 countries on the Gender Equality Index, Internews trained women in storytelling skills, including fact-checking, and gender and conflict-sensitive reporting. Women’s voices are underrepresented in Malian media leadership and ownership, and women journalists have had less opportunity to develop journalism skills. To address this gap, Internews with support from the American people, trained 16 women journalists in Mali to be become trainers and content producers for women.

March 19, 2021

Arabe Touré has built trust with girls in communities around Mali’s large Sadiola Gold Mine. Most of the girls have little knowledge of menstrual hygiene practices. In traditional Malian society, parents do not discuss such sensitive topics with their children, especially with girls. Menstrual hygiene remains very sensitive in Mali, with many girls dropping out of school due to the start of their periods when they become victims of teasing and bullying. The lack of communication and information can lead to unplanned pregnancies and early marriage. 

March 4, 2021

Penda Traoré knows how to bring children together in Medine, a rural community in the Kayes region of Mali where agriculture and gold mining predominate. As a mentor, Penda leads weekly sessions promoting education with more than 40 girls between the ages of 10 and 19, including some who are married.

January 25, 2021

In partnership with the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub has announced its first co-investment project with Stichting Cordaid (Cordaid), managed by Cordaid Investment Management B.V. (CIM), to increase the access to finance by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, and Sierra Leone. Due to this public-private partnership, the co-investment will generate up to $37 million of new private investment into these countries to support local economies, create over 20,000 direct and indirect jobs, and increase the value of exports over the duration of the activity by $30 million. This collaboration also aims to promote two-way trade and investment between the United States and West Africa in accordance to the Prosper Africa initiative promoted by the U.S. government.


Last updated: December 27, 2021

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