Oxfam Novib has worked in Mali since the 1980s. We now concentrate on the regions of Koulikoro, Sikasso and Mopti, where there are large numbers of poor and vulnerable people and a relative lack of other international organisation (we do not work in Ségou, another very poor region, because the ICCO Alliance is active there).
In Mali we work mainly on two programmes. The programme on basic social services and the programme to promote the right to social and political participation.
Our programme on basic social services focuses on access to quality education. Through our local partners we are supporting teacher training centres and developing new didactic materials, as well as finding ways to involve parents and improve the gender sensitivity of school environments in remote areas.
Mali is one the countries benefiting from Oxfam Novib’s Quality Educators For All project , to train and retain more and better teachers. We also support work which strengthens citizens to demand education more effectively from their government.
The second programme promotes the right to social and political participation, with the aim to improve marginalized groups’ access to information and justice – through, for example, nurturing new media and providing legal aid – and build the capacity of local civil society to stand up for the rights of the vulnerable.
A strong theme in this, as in all our work in Mali, is gender: through our “right to an identity” programme, we are pushing for women to take a bigger leadership role in change processes in local governance and social movements. We are also helping all the civil society organisations we work with to mainstream gender justice in their work.
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