In the wake of what is broadly considered the most disruptive political and security crisis it has faced since independence, Mali is challenged with finding its way back to peace, internal stability, and human security. Despite a context further destabilized by decades of poor governance, some encouraging developments have taken place, including the set-up of consultative security committees and the endorsement of the National SSR Strategy.
DCAF has designed a holistic approach to support both Malian authorities and civilian partners in their efforts to increase accountability and effectiveness of the security sector.
The main objective of DCAF’s programme in Mali is to foster a nationally owned demand for change and accountability. To this end, the consultative security committees offer a unique platform of exchanges between the local government, the security institutions active in the area, and the population represented through a variety of civil society organizations (CSOs).
As part of the first axis of intervention, DCAF is implementing the following activities:
An effective training and accountability framework is often key to translating laws and the values of people centred security into practice. To this end, DCAF's support to training centres and inspection services is crucial in order to promote the respect of the principles of proportionality and human rights in the actions of security institutions.
As part of the second axis of intervention, DCAF is implementing the following activities:
A vital area for engagement during transition periods is by creating opportunities for dialogue and informed public discourse, supporting civilian capacity to contribute to and shape the agenda and demand better service delivery and accountability. To this end, DCAF aims to support the creation of a conducive environment and space for communities to learn about their role as actors of the governance of the security sector, raise their issues and demand change.
As part of the third axis of intervention, DCAF is implementing the following activities:
Anne Bennett, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Division (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oswald Padonou, Head of Office, DCAF in Mali (email@example.com)