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Instability in Mali continues to mount due to limited state presence in the north, natural disasters, and conflicts in the central regions of the country. Furthermore, the proliferation of weapons, the fragmentation of armed groups, the resurgence of activities by radical groups and the frustration of actors excluded from the peace agreement contribute to a stalemate in the security situation and lead to increased criminality in the country.
As a result of these and other factors, over 140,000 Malians have become refugees and 266,000 are internally displaced.
DRC has been operating in West Africa since 1998, and since 2013 in Mali in the areas of;
In the Timbuktu region, DRC is implementing a comprehensive food security program that aims to strengthen the resilience of households and communities by linking emergency, rehabilitation and development while tackling structural and long-term problems. The program is designed around seasonal cash transfers, complemented by individual and community activities, such as nutritional screening, training in agricultural techniques and management of cooperative farms for farmers' organizations. This program, funded by ECHO, USAID / Food for Peace and the European Union Trust Fund, is partly implemented through the Alliance for Community Resilience (ARC), a consortium of seven international NGOs.
DRC is implementing an ambitious integrated protection program. With DANIDA funding, DRC provides an emergency response to IDPs and host communities, as well as a more resilience-focused project funded by the SDC. The latter, which aims to provide direct assistance to victims of human rights violations, to strengthen knowledge and capacities for community and individual protection and to participate in coordination and advocacy efforts at regional and national levels. As very little data is available, DRC is also conducting community assessments and mapping the presence of existing partners, service providers and services.
The Danish Demining Group (DDG) is the technical unit of the DRC specializing in humanitarian demining, mine risk education and the reduction of armed violence.
In February 2014, DDG launched a Sahel Border Security and Management (BSM) program to improve border security and management in the Liptako-Gourma region, between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. DDG is currently implementing the second phase of this BSM program which aims to promote stability, build resilience, and prevent and reduce armed violence by ensuring enhanced community security and effective and accountable border management as part of cross-border collaboration.
In 2019, DDG diversified its activity with an innovative programme which goal is to empower the next generation of Sahelian women from diverse backgrounds, with the necessary knowledge, skills and access to break down the barriers that keep them out of security governance, and enable them advocate for and contribute to a security sector that equally addresses the needs of women, men, boys and girls.
Mali is a transit country facing significant mixed migratory flows. During their travels, migrants and refugees face several vulnerabilities and protection risks, documented by the Joint Migration Mechanism Monitoring Initiative (4Mi), in Mali and Niger.