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Mali civil society and peacebuilding: phase 2

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People taking a boat across a river in Djenne, Mali
People taking a boat across a river in Djenne, Mali. Photo: Quick Shot / Shutterstock

Civil society can make major contributions to peacebuilding, playing a role at every stage in the conflict cycle and its resolution.

One important role of civil society is contributing to the safety and security of the population. In the aftermath of the 2012 crisis in Mali, the local population experienced, among other negative effects, gross violence and extreme human rights abuse. To address these issues and ensure the safety and security of the population, civil society can contribute to related policies and policy implementation at the local and national levels.

This project aims to strengthen civil society’s contributions to addressing the safety and security challenges of the population by:

  • Monitoring and reporting: supporting a comprehensive system of civil society efforts to monitor, report and analyse the safety and security challenges of the population at the community level across Mali; 
  • Capacity and awareness building: conducting a knowledge-exchange programme to the increase awareness and the capacity of civil society actors to address the safety and security challenges of the population;
  • Supporting policy recommendations: promoting a civil society process to develop proposals for the formulation and implementation of policies to address the safety and security challenges of the population; and
  • Strengthening advocacy and outreach: conducting a dynamic advocacy and outreach campaign to disseminate the findings and policy recommendations of the project.

Research staff

Dr Grégory Chauzal is a Senior Researcher and the Director of the SIPRI Sahel West Africa Programme.
Aurélien Tobie is a Senior Researcher and Activity Coordinator for the SIPRI Mali Civil Society and Peacebuilding Project.
Dr Elisabeth Sköns is an Associate Senior Fellow at SIPRI and the former Head of the Mali civil society and peacebuilding project.
Professor Sten Hagberg is an Associate Senior Fellow at SIPRI.
Zoë Gorman is a Research Assistant in the SIPRI Mali Civil Society and Peacebuilding Project.
Katerina Mansour is an intern in the Mali Civil Society and Peacebuilding Project.