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Where is Mali?

Mali is a landlocked country in West Africa

Our impact


In Mali, poverty is widespread and persistent, especially in rural areas where there are severe food shortages. Only about seven per cent of farmable land is properly irrigated or cultivated. This is due to a number of factors, including underdeveloped markets and Mali’s vulnerability to climate change.

Since 2012, the country has been hit by a series of crises – including social and political instability and an armed conflict in the north. There have been two coups and several terrorist attacks, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee the violence and head to the south of Mali or to neighbouring countries.

Our work in Mali

Tearfund has been working in Mali for more than two decades. Our current vision for the country is to release hundreds of people from poverty through a strong and effective network of local churches.

Church and Community Transformation 

We are promoting a process called Church and Community Transformation (CCT) with 400 churches across Mali. The churches learn how to lead development projects in their communities – bringing benefits such as business training, clean water and adequate sanitation, and helping communities to lift themselves out of poverty.

Environmental and Economic Sustainability 

Over 10,000 people have benefited from projects aiming to promote a sustainable economy and environment.

In terms of environmental sustainability, over 8,947 trees have been planted, and 300 households have received bins to enable them to safely dispose of or recycle their waste. Two waste management centers have been built to improve waste management and protect the environment.

Overall, our efforts for sustainable agriculture have seen more than 360 households start using organic rather than chemical fertilisers, which can improve harvests as well as protect the environment.


We have actively raised awareness of the need for people to live together in the land peacefully with 196 community leaders, and 95 community and religious leaders have been trained to use the Do Not Harm tool. This involves making peace with oneself, then with close contacts, and then with the wider community. This tool has proven effective in preventing conflicts and promoting reconciliation.

Ending sexual and gender-based violence

The fight against sexual and gender-based violence has been central in our work. Our local partners have been providing trauma counselling and access to healthcare for women and girls who have experienced female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C). We are also equipping churches to educate their communities and help them find ways to prevent further FGM/C.

Emergency response

We are quick to respond when disasters strike, providing emergency food packages, cash assistance and essential supplies. For example, 200 displaced families received assistance after floods forced them from their homes, and over 5,000 households received help as part of our coronavirus response work.

Street vendors selling fresh fruit in Mali. Credit: Steve Goddard/Tearfund

Street vendors selling fresh fruit in Mali. Credit: Steve Goddard/Tearfund

Please pray for Mali

  • Ask God to bring peace and stability to Mali and for an end to all conflicts and political crises.
  • Pray for the growing challenges around access to food. Ask that God will provide for all the needs of the people in Mali, even during times of uncertainty.
  • Pray for strength and wisdom as we work to address issues such as female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) and HIV.

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