Towards a forgotten crisis in the Sahel
49,000 people have been displaced by the crisis
2 million people are suffering from food insecurity
60% of wells and water networks are no longer operational
132,366 people helped


Already in the midst of a chronic food and nutritional crisis, the north of Mali has been suffering the consequences of war since 2012: a collapse in the economy, difficulties obtaining supplies, and massive displacement of populations, who have left everything behind.

Food insecurity has been particularly worsened by severe droughts over the last few years, and by the lack of public investment in infrastructure. The Kidal region is a huge area of desert, home to a mainly nomadic population and characterized by widespread banditry, which makes it harder for people to access basic services. In the Timbuktu region, vagaries in the climate and the presence of armed groups continue to cause population displacement, despite the Peace Agreements signed in May 2015. The villages where resources are still available often fall victim to pillaging, depriving communities of their sources of income.

The population’s needs in these regions are numerous, and range from drinking water to shelter, as well as nutrition.

  • 15.84 million inhabitants
  • 46,3% poverty rate
  • 182nd out of 188 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2012
  • Team 80 national staff
  • Budget €2 M

So as to improve the living conditions of the Malian population affected by the civil war, under-development and malnutrition, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is concentrating its efforts on boosting access to water, hygiene and sanitation, not just for those displaced as a result of the conflict but also for their host communities. A key project is to raise people’s awareness of the importance of water in nutrition, with the aim of changing high-risk behavior regarding water consumption.

Our teams help to improve the infrastructures of these very vulnerable regions, by rehabilitating and reconstructing health centres, where they install water, hygiene and sanitation infrastructures. A mobile clinic has also been set up, to monitor population displacement and to be in keeping with the nomadic way of life. Water, hygiene and sanitation infrastructures are also being installed on a more individual scale, managed by water management committees in order to ensure their sustainability.

The families worst hit by food insecurity receive cash, so they can alleviate their food shortfall without delay. To revitalize the local market, we distribute farming tools, hold food fairs and deliver training sessions.


European Union (ECHO), OFDA, SDC, UNICEF

Our impact

food security

Food security and livelihood support

119,035 people helped

– Cash transfers and cash-for-work activities organized
– Malnutrition screening conducted
– Additional domestic water storage and treatment kits distributed as part of severe acute malnutrition treatment

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

36,374 people helped

– Water points restored
– Domestic water storage and treatment kits distributed
– WASH infrastructures in health clinics strenghtened
– Hygiene awareness-raising sessions conducted

Should you have any questions, please contact Thierry Benlahsen,

Thierry Benlahsen


At head office