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SIPRI and local partner CONASCIPAL launch a strategic vision for civil society's contribution to the Malian peace process

15 September 2015, Bamako, Mali

The impact of the Malian crisis, which began in January 2012 with a surge of armed violence in northern Mali, is felt across the country. While a peace accord was signed on 15 May and 20 June 2015, its implementation is faced with serious challenges. Achievement of a lasting peace will require commitment and contributions from a number of actors at all levels of Malian society.

SIPRI and CONASCIPAL cooperate on peacebuilding in Mali with strong involvement of civil society

More than a year after the peace agreement in Mali, SIPRI is pleased to announce the continuation of its onsite work in Mali in partnership with the Bamako-based organization CONASCIPAL (National Coalition of Civil Society for Peace and the Fight against the Proliferation of Small Arms). The work closely involves Malian civil society organizations to help build a durable and stable peace in the country.

SIPRI launches film series on local perceptions of security in Mali

SIPRI has produced a series of interview films spotlighting people’s perceptions of security in Mali. A range of voices from the country’s different regions are represented—all of which belong to members of the Monitoring Groups for Peace and Security (MGPS) within the SIPRI–CONASCIPAL peacebuilding and civil-society strengthening programme in Mali.

New film on regional perceptions of security in the Sahel

Despite the deployment of international and regional troops to support national armed and security forces in Mali, instability has escalated and spread across borders throughout the Sahel. The Sahel countries—Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger—share not only historical trajectories, trade routes and communities, but now also a social, economic, political and human crisis. To confront these common challenges, the Sahel countries are seeking ways to combat new threats, which include violent extremism and increasing intercommunal tensions.

Understanding and addressing the root causes of conflicts in Central Mali—new SIPRI film

Today, SIPRI launches a new film capturing insights from international and Malian actors on the complexity of the crisis in Central Mali, in an effort to understand the nature of the conflict and ways of addressing it. The film, entitled ‘Understanding and addressing the root causes of conflicts in Central Mali’, provides an overview of SIPRI’s work in Central Mali as part of the three-year ‘Central Mali Project for Security and Development’.

New SIPRI film: SIPRI and Point Sud’s work in central Mali—The methodology

Today, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) launches a new Reflection Film that outlines and describes for the first time how SIPRI and its partner in Mali, Point Sud, collect data in central Mali, using quantitative and qualitative research methods, to understand the perceptions of the local population.

CONASCIPAL launches a 'Strategic Vision' for civil society contributions to peace and national unity in Mali

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In light of civil society's important role in peacebuilding, SIPRI has been supporting a process together with CONASCIPAL to develop a strategic vision for civil society contributions to peace and national unity in Mali. CONASCIPAL presented this strategic vision, Vision Stratégique de la Société Civile por la Paix et l’Unité National au Mali, at a seminar in Bamako, Mali.