Contribution to the ICRC Country Appeal for Mali 2023

Contract partner: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross - Switzerland Country: Mali Funding amount: € 1.000.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2023 End: 31.12.2023

Short Description:

Overall goal

Basic needs regarding food/nutrition, access to water and sanitation facilities and quality health-care services of vulnerable people affected by conflict and/or other situations of violence in Mali are covered.

Expected results

- Economic Security: Livelihood related and basic needs gaps (food, etc.) for 956,566 vulnerable people affected by conflict/violence and people deprived of their freedom are reduced;

- Water and Habitat: Access to safe water and sanitation for 188,472 individuals (civilian residents, displaced and/or returnees, detainees) established / secured;

- Health: Health service provision supported and strengthened in 36 health centers;

- Medical Care: Basic health-care provision secured in 15 hospitals and 12 physical rehabilitation projects.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The number of direct beneficiaries who can be reached by the Austrian contribution is approximately 27,125.


With the Austrian contribution ICRC will,

- Donate seeds and tools or cash equivalent to purchase them;

- Support gardening associations in cultivating staple grain and vegetables;

- Provide training and other support to farming household members;

- Organise livestock-vaccination campaigns;

- Train local veterinary personnel and technical personnel of agricultural authorities;

- Give vulnerable farming households cash to buy one month’s supply of food;

- Provide food parcels worth one month’s supply where cash is not appropriate.


Civil conflict is ever present in the country with the Malian Military and various paramilitary groups engaged in armed clashes. The main fighting is taking place in border areas of Northern Mali though attacks have also happened in the South. Overall, the country is affected by communal violence, criminality and inadequacy of state services in many areas - with climate change exacerbating competition over limited resources. The general population is severely affected by high prices of food and essential basic goods, further driven by sanctions imposed on the country. Dilapidated water and irrigation infrastructure and recurrent droughts and floods aggravate the situation, as does the movement of people and livestock in search of water and pastureland, which stokes communal tensions. Meanwhile, health facilities are understaffed and ill-equipped with limited coverage across the country and accessibility challenges due to security. The ICRC accordingly plays an essential role in facilitating access to good-quality health services, including

mental-health care and physical rehabilitation. The volatile security-environment, however, constrains humanitarian access to people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence. The ICRC remains the main international humanitarian organization active in Mali that can navigate the challenging security environment. This is achieved through strengthening and sustaining its dialogue with the parties concerned and their obligations under International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and other applicable norms.

project number 2682-03/2023
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
marker Poverty: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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