The crisis persists and the humanitarian situation in the heart of the Sahel is deteriorating
219,000 people were displaced since september
1 million people suffer from food insecurity, of which 659,770 from acute food insecurity
60% of all wells and water networks are not operational anymore
198,000 people helped


The security situation in northern and central Mali and its border areas with Niger and Burkina Faso is a growing concern.

Indeed, since mid-2018, the center of the country has witnessed an increase in violence and insecurity caused by armed groups et traffickers, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL operates in Ségou, in the central region, in order to decrease this insecurity. Concretely, insecurity has resulted in massive forced displacements with very low prospects for conflict resolution and patterns of displacement that remain irregular. The prevailing insecurity and limited livelihood opportunities are not conducive to returns, creating a situation of protracted displacement.

Despite the presence of MINUSMA, two EU training missions, Barkhane, and the conjoined G5 forces and Malian army, the government has still not been able to reestablish the access to basic services (health, education and water) in the North-East and central regions, where access to basic services continues to decrease, making the population increasingly dependent on humanitarian aid. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL therefore operates in these regions via its bases in Kidal in the North-East and around Goundam to meet high food and nutritional needs, particularly in areas under the control of armed groups.

The negative spiral of inter-community clashes has reached a level of violence that makes it difficult to protect civilians. As a result, assistance to internally displaced persons appears to be beyond the capacity of government services. In parallel, West Africa, and in particular the western region of Mali, is regularly affected by epidemics (for example the yellow fever, Lassa fever, measles, cholera and meningitis) and natural hazards (floods, landslides, droughts and locust invasions).

  • 18.54 million inhabitants
  • 41,3% poverty rate
  • 184th out of 189 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2012
  • Team 20 international staff
    80 national staff
  • Budget €7.5 M

In order to improve the living conditions of the Malian population affected by civil war, underdevelopment and malnutrition, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL focuses its efforts on improving living conditions, resilience to food insecurity, conflict and social cohesion of vulnerable populations in the most fragile regions of Mali. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL focuses its activities in the Center, in Goundam and Segou, aiming to strengthen access to water, hygiene and sanitation – not only for people displaced by the conflict, but also for host communities. Projects to raise awareness concerning the importance of water and nutrition to improve behavior are taking place in the north-eastern areas of Kidal. The teams are helping to improve infrastructure in these highly vulnerable regions, in particular by rehabilitating and rebuilding health centers, where they are installing water, hygiene and sanitation facilities.

In order to revitalize the local market, a project implemented in the 3 bases in Kidal, Goundam and Segou consists of the distribution of agricultural tools, the organization of food fairs as well as training sessions to cover conflicts and natural disasters. Water, hygiene and sanitation infrastructure are also provided on a more individual scale, managed by water management committees to ensure their sustainability.

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

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