In view of the evolution of the political and security situation, France’s Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs announced on November 16, 2022 the cessation of Official Development Assistance from France to Mali.
AFD thus suspended all of its activities in this country in November 2022.
Suspension of activities
Facilitating access to drinking water
Reforming the energy sector
Getting back to quality education
Supporting the private sector
Supporting the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation
A significant part of Mali’s population of 20 million lives below the poverty line – more than 44% in 2021, according to World Bank estimates. Life expectancy does not exceed 60 years. Mali suffers from a number of structural disadvantages, such as an arid climate, an economy based on few raw materials, and weak public governance.
In addition, global warming is weakening the agricultural sector, which represents the principal source of employment in this country.
Mali is also affected by a security crisis that has hit the North and center of the country since 2012-2013, as well as by a serious crisis of governance characterized by the coups d'état of 2020-2021.
Despite the country's instability, and in solidarity with the Malian population, AFD committed to finance the country’s development needs, with the other members of the Sahel Alliance.
Mali was indeed a priority country for French aid. In 2021, AFD committed nearly €40 million in grants in the country, focused on projects aimed at improving governance and the health of the people.
A partner of Mali since 1958, AFD has intervened in priority areas through loans, grants and technical support.
In November 2022, AFD suspended its activities following the end of French Official Development Assistance to Mali announced by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
The AFD Mali agency is attached to the regional office for the Greater Sahel.