A deteriorating humanitarian situation against the backdrop of a persisting crisis in the heart of the Sahel
2,395,503 internally displaced persons
914,076 refugees and asylum seekers
32% of Malians do not have access to safe drinking water
86,715 people helped


Since 2012, Mali has been facing multiple security tensions, natural disasters, and inter-community conflicts that mainly affect the regions of Segou and Timbuktu.

In 2020, the humanitarian and security situation in northern and central Mali continued to deteriorate as a result of increased conflict and climate hazards. These factors contributed to the internal displacement of 266,831 people, including 44,629 in the Timbuktu region. The outcomes of these multiple crises are many, ranging from a deterioration of living conditions, significant losses of homes and livelihoods, a critical lack of access to basic goods and services, particularly WASH services, to a persistent acute food and nutrition insecurity.

Poor access to safe and sufficient drinking water increases the exposure of populations to waterborne diseases in particular. In addition, health facilities are unable to provide quality care due to a lack of resources and operational WASH services. Under these conditions, Mali is particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of access to water is, for the most vulnerable populations, a barrier to practicing basic hygiene rules (including frequent hand washing with soap) that could limit their exposure to the virus. Furthermore, the health and security risks associated with the pandemic pose a significant additional risk of food and economic insecurity to these populations as the pandemic impacts peoples’ access to markets and thus their access to food and other necessities.

  • 19.66 million inhabitants
  • 47% poverty rate
  • 184th out of 189 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2012
  • Team 19 international staff
    122 national staff
  • Budget 7,487,313€

In order to improve the living conditions of the Malian population affected by armed conflicts, underdevelopment and malnutrition, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL focuses its efforts on resilience to food insecurity and conflict, and social cohesion of vulnerable populations in the most affected regions of Mali. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL concentrates its activities in the center in Goundam and Segou on increasing access to water, sanitation and hygiene, not only for populations displaced by the conflict, but also for the host communities. Our teams are working to improve the infrastructures in these highly vulnerable areas, in particular by rehabilitating and rebuilding health centers, where they establish water, hygiene and sanitation facilities.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has expanded the scope of its intervention by participating in the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) with funding agencies ECHO and UNICEF. Thus, SI is able to provide emergency responses to water, hygiene and sanitation needs within the RRM framework in order to cover displacement areas for the benefit of both the victims and the host populations.


European Union (ECHO), EuropeAID, OFDA, UNICEF, HI, SDC

Our impact

food security

Food security and livelihood

Approximately 100,000 beneficiaries

– Unconditional and conditional cash transfers, social safety nets
– Disaster risk reduction activities (creation and implementation of a community-based early warning and emergency response system, community action plan, support to cereal and cattle feed banks, etc.)
– Communication for behavior change in the area of food and nutrition
– Agro-pastoral revival, distribution of inputs or organization of agricultural fairs and support to profitable community-based projects (hydro-agricultural development facilities)
– Support to the development of income generating activities and to the development of village savings and loan associations (VSLA) (Village Savings and Loan Associations)
– Community-based livelihood support projects

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Approximately 35,000 beneficiaries

– Construction/rehabilitation of community-based water points
– Monitoring of water quality
– Strengthening of WASH infrastructure in health facilities
– Communication for behavior change in the area of WASH
– Organization of awareness-raising campaigns on good nutritional practices
– Revitalization of and assistance to water management committees (hygiene and sanitation)
– Distribution of water, sanitation and hygiene kits

Rapid multi-sector emergency response

Approximately 19,000 beneficiaries

– Emergency multisector diagnosis following a population displacement and analysis of the level of vulnerability and needs
– Multisector assistance in cash transfers
– Assistance in water, hygiene and sanitation
– Monitoring of alerts shared by RRM Partners and coordination of the response

Should you have any questions, please contact Emmanuel Rinck

Emmanuel Rinck


At head office