Title Mali

Mali: Reconstruction of the basic infrastructure in the region of Timbuktu


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Since the summer of 2013 arche noVa has been active in northern Mali to support those who have suffered in the previous months from severe violent clashes between government forces and rebel groups in their home. Many of them have fled and then returned to a destroyed home. Starting point of our activities was a relief mission in Timbuktu with focus on the destroyed sewage system of the city. Then we focused on the repair and the new construction of water and sanitation facilities in schools. With this current project, we go one step further and implement with our consortium partners PLAN International a comprehensive reconstruction program, which not only includes the construction of infrastructure, beyond that it also includes income-generation measures as well as health and social aspects.
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The multi-ethnic state and former French colonial state of Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world. Weak economic power, corruption and poor infrastructure characterizes the country. There are also recurrent droughts, in which people suffer acutely from a lack of food. The armed conflicts in the north of the country have worsened the difficult situation in this region additionally. Although the military intervention, international aid and elections, have already improved the situation significantly since 2013 and have contributed to more stable democracy the situation on the ground is still fraught with conflict. One of the biggest challenges facing the region is to improve the education and health system.

In 30 municipalities, including the city of Timbuktu arche noVa will work together with PLAN on these challenges and will perform a whole range of activities. The aim is to strengthen the population and to create conditions which ensure that the families in their home communities have a future.

Our new activities are linked directly to the predecessor projects. So for example we will push forward the improvement of the wastewater infrastructure in Timbuktu which started in 2013. All other activities are taking place in and around the communities in which arche noVa and PLAN have already realized water, sanitation and hygiene projects. In 16 of these communities we will rehabilitate damaged irrigation systems for agriculture and train villagers in the repair and maintenance of water infrastructure.

In particular, we will implement with our local partner organization Nor.Dev the following measures:

In Timbuktu long stretches of main sewers will be rehabilitated, drain will be covered at key sections, the clarifier will be fixed and 140 sewer manholes will be cleaned. Local businesses but also youth organizations will take over the work. They will get instructed supervised and guided by Nor.Dev. In addition there will be information campaigns for the use and cleaning of the sewer system.

In Timbuktu will also take place a wide-ranging campaign to improve the waste disposal. In eight districts garbage cans will be placed and the removal improved. Already before the riots there have been service teams who removed the trash with donkey carts, and there were trucks for subsequent transport to the final disposal. Our goal is to enable and improve these services in close consultation with the stakeholders and the city government.

In the 16 rural communities of our project area our aim is to create such conditions which ensure that the returned families can start with the traditional rice growing again. For this purpose destroyed irrigation channels and tanks are repaired in 480 acres of land and 16 needed motor pumps are purchased. At every place of action two community members get an intensive training in the maintenance of the irrigation system. For example, they learn how to perform a filter change on the pumps. In addition farming families receive a training on the subject of rice straw and wheat processing and marketing.

The focus of our second component in our farm project are particularly needy families with nomadic way of life. Besides the threat to people’s lives the conflict had also affected livelihoods of families. Those who have been affected lost herds of cattle. 400 of the poorest, female-headed households will therefore receive five goats. We also take care of the vaccination, immunization, animal feed storage and veterinary-medical care of the animals in the project area.

Donate for this project

40 kilograms of rice seeds
Purchase and vaccination of a goat
First-Aid-Kit for veterinary examinations

Project Overview

Target Group

102.000 people in the North of Mali from the administrative districts Timbuktu, Diré, Goundam, Rarhous, Niafunke, among them several returned refugees and internal refugees

Reconstruction of the basic infrastructure in the region of Timbuktu
  • Repair and extension of the drainage system in Timbuktu
  • Improvement of the waste disposal in Timbuktu
  • Information campaigns on the topic of drainage and waste disposal
  • Rehabilitation of agriculture irrigation systems in 16 villages
  • Purchase and installation of 16 motor-powered pumps
  • Training of pumping-station guards
  • Agricultural trainings
  • Distribution of 2000 farm animals
  • Distribution of animal feed
  • Improvement of the veterinary-medical care and the vaccination situation of the livestock
since September 2014
Co-operation partners

NOR.DEV (Association Nord et Développement)
Plan International Deutschland e.V.

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Private donors
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