(Bamako, 26 September) The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) together with the delegation of the European Union (EU) to Mali and Point Sud convened a forum in Bamako on the topic ‘Governance, Security and Development in Central Mali’.
By bringing together researchers; local populations; national Malian authorities; international partners; academics; and non-governmental organizations, the forum aimed to initiate a dialogue about the crisis in two regions in central Mali: Ségou and Mopti. SIPRI’s partners in Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger were also invited to provide a regional perspective on Mali.
The forum opened with a film entitled ‘Akili sigui’ [The peaceful way] that was produced in cooperation with Soussaba Cissé, the Malian filmmaker, and her team.
During the forum, preliminary research results were presented that were based on the perceptions of local populations on governance, security and socio-economic conditions in central Mali. The first roundtable focused on the methodology and results of the quantitative and qualitative studies conducted during 2019. Other topics that were discussed included: the agricultural conditions in central Mali; the roles and perceptions of local authorities in central Mali; as well as perceptions on the crisis from Mali’s neighbouring countries—Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger.
A SIPRI report that presents the research findings is forthcoming.
About the project
The three-year project ‘Mali-Centre for Security and Development’ is funded by the EU and implemented by SIPRI and its Malian partner, Point Sud. The project—which began in 2018—monitors governance, security and socio-economic development indicators in two regions in central Mali: Ségou and Mopti. The indicators are based on responses to questionnaires that are distributed every three months to a representative sample of the population. This bottom-up approach directly identifies the populations’ expectations and needs and aims to provide evidence-based analysis to local and international stakeholders.