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).
22 Sep. 2014: Meeting between Malian traditional leaders and women’s groups
On 16–18 September Malian traditional leaders and women’s associations met in Bamako to discuss their contributions to a lasting peace in Mali. The three-day forum was organized by SIPRI in cooperation with its local partner organization in Mali, CONASCIPAL.
20 February 2014, Bamako, Mali
SIPRI holds consultative round table in Mali
SIPRI and its Malian partner organization, CONASCIPAL, held a consultative round table meeting with government representatives and civil society groups about the causes of the political and security situation in Mali, and the challenges involved in building peace in the country.
27 November 2013, Bamako, Mali
Seminar with Malian civil society organizations
This seminar constituted 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 focused 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, brought together field researchers participating in the project to prepare for the conduct of field research in Mali.
SIPRI Essay, June 2014
Most peacebuilding efforts seeking to address the current conflict in Mali concentrate on the Malian Government and the various rebel groups. However, the creation of sustained peace in Mali also depends on ‘track III’ interventions—initiatives carried out by civil society organizations and other non-state actors to support the emergence of a conducive environment for the settling of conflicts.
Paper, November 2013
SIPRI Essay, October 2013