Mali civil society and peacebuilding
|The lack of peace and security in Mali is a major obstacle to economic, social and human development, and any development cooperation strategy for Mali must take into account the interconnections between peace, security and development. A genuine and sustainable peace requires the involvement of local populations and, by extension, the full participation of civil society.
This project aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society in Mali and provide support and resources for civil society actors to generate increased knowledge and understanding of conflict dynamics and develop a joint strategy for their contributions to peace, security and development.
Image: Niger River, central Mali,
Civil society organizations (CSOs) play an important role at every point in peacebuilding processes. Given their inherent closeness to and interactions with grassroots and local communities, civil society actors are best placed to gather and bring forward underlying issues causing conflict. Such knowledge constitutes a crucial input to comprehensive peacebuilding strategies. Civil society groups are also key actors in the implementation of peacebuilding activities, by raising awareness of the dynamics of specific conflicts, offering training on how to resolve conflicts non-violently, and contributing to social and human development through the operationalization of development initiatives and the delivery of services.
The project is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
30 Oct. 2013: The role of civil society in building peace in Mali
SIPRI Essay by Elisabeth Sköns
On 19 September Mali celebrated the inauguration of its newly elected President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. By that time most of the armed violence in the country had been quelled by the French military intervention, and the United Nations peace mission in northern Mali was underway. While some level of security and government legitimacy has therefore been achieved in Mali, much remains to be done. Civil society has an important role to play in restoring sustainable peace and security. SIPRI’s Mali Civil Society and Peacebuilding Project was developed to support civil society in fulfilling this role. Continue reading >>
27 November 2013, Bamako, Mali
Seminar with Malian civil society organizations
This seminar will constitute a formal launch of the project in Mali as well as a networking occasion for civil society organizations involved in the project. Presentations and a panel discussion will focus on the history of the peace process in Mali and the way forward.
28-29 November 2013, Bamako, Mali
Workshop for field researchers
This workshop, hosted by Conascipal and held in collaboration with the SIPRI team, will bring together field researchers participating in the project to prepare for the conduct of field research in Mali.
Paper, November 2013
SIPRI Essay, November 2012