Contribution to the UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) in Mali 2023

Contract partner: UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund - New York Country: Mali Funding amount: € 2.000.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2023 End: 31.12.2023

Short Description:

Overall goal

UNICEF’s objective is to meet the humanitarian needs of crisis-affected children in Mali, in line with the Humanitarian Action for Children Appeal 2023 and the Country Programme Document 2020–2024 which focuses on strengthening the linkages between humanitarian action and development programmes, and the multi-year Humanitarian Response Plan.


Expected results

UNICEF aims to achieve the following key results:

- Nutrition: 206,749 children aged 6 to 59 months with severe acute malnutrition admitted for treatment;

- Health: 200,000 children aged 6 to 59 months vaccinated against measles, 352,064 children aged 6 to 59 months vaccinated against polio;

- Water, sanitation and hygiene: 482,000 people accessing a sufficient quantity of safe water for drinking and domestic needs;

- Child protection, Gender based violence in emergencies and Protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA): 372,733 children and parents/caregivers accessing mental health and psycho-social support, 40,400 women, girls, and boys accessing gender-based violence risk mitigation, prevention and/or response interventions;

- Social protection: 20,000 households reached with cash transfers through an existing government system where UNICEF provided technical assistance and/or funding;

- Education: 155,000 children accessing formal or non-formal education, including early learning, 430,000 children receiving individual learning materials;

- Cross-sectoral: 12,383,397 people reached through messaging on prevention and access to services, 800,000 people engaged in risk communication and community engagement actions.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Total number of beneficiaries the programme aims to reach: 2,863,000 people (2,500,000 children, 1,431,500 male, 1,431,500 female).

With the Austrian contribution, UNICEF can reach approximately 50,000 people (46,300 children, 25,000 male, 25,000 female).


Activities include, among others:

- Purchase, transport and propositioning of emergency supplies;

- Monitoring of emergency preparedness and response activities;

- Ensure vaccination Campaign and outbreaks response;

- Ensure provision of the curative, preventive package to displaced persons;

- Ensure provision of emergency kits for affected health centres;

- Provide sufficient quantity of safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene through construction/rehabilitation of water points or water trucking;

- Rehabilitate and construct appropriately gender-responsive designed and managed latrines;

- Provide critical water, sanitation and hygiene supplies (including hygiene items) and services;

- Provide access to quality education, in a protective learning environment to the most vulnerable children;

- Provide services including mental health and psycho-social support, family reunification and socioeconomic reintegration to children experiencing psycho-social distress, children released from armed groups, unaccompanied and separated children, and survivors of gender-based violence;

- Community dialogue supportive health, nutrition, wash, child protection through women-led organizations in the concerned areas.


Mali is facing multiple crises, including insecurity in the center and north, with strong regional ramifications, inter-communal conflicts, sociopolitical instability, climate change, the protracted effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the crisis in Ukraine, affecting 12,9 million people. The humanitarian situation has deteriorated. 8,8 million people need humanitarian assistance, including 4,4 million women, 4,7 million children and 1,3 million people with disabilities. Mali ranks 184 out of 189 countries on the Human Development Index and 49.7 per cent of households live below the income poverty line. Gender inequalities also impact child rights and hinder access to basic services.

project number 2682-00/2023
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
marker Gender: 1, Poverty: 1, Disaster risk reduction: 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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