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Mali civil society and peacebuilding: phase 1

Hombori Mountains in the Mopti region of central Mali
Hombori Mountains in the Mopti region in central Mali. Photo: Jeanne Menj

The lack of peace and security in Mali is a major obstacle to economic, social and human development. Any development cooperation strategy for Mali needs to consider 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.

The aim of this project, which was conducted during July 2013–December 2015, was to strengthen the capacity of civil society actors to generate increased knowledge and understanding of the conflict dynamics in Mali, and to develop a strategy for civil society contributions to peace, security and development.

The two most important results of the project were:

The project was supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

 

Photo gallery: Events from SIPRI's Mali civil society and peacebuilding project

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Photos of events in Mali in connection with SIPRI's civil society and peacebuilding project

Research staff

Dr Elisabeth Sköns is an Associate Senior Fellow at SIPRI and the former Head of the Mali civil society and peacebuilding project.
Helen Palmgren is the Programme Coordinator for the Mali Civil Society and Peacebuilding Project.