Mali Bans French-funded NGOs

Interim Prime Minister, Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga PHOTO/News Central TV

Bamako, Mali – Mali officially Republic of Mali is a landlocked western African country with a population of 21.9million.

67% of Mali’s population was estimated to be under the age of 25 in 2017.

The interim Prime Minister, Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga, on Monday evening announced that he would ban the activities of all non-governmental organizations financed or supported by France, including those operating in the humanitarian field.

Justified the decision in a statement posted on social networks by the recent announcement by France that it had suspended its official development assistance to Mali.

The Junta, which came to power by force in August 2020, has consistently denied having used this company, whose actions have been criticized in several countries.

It speaks of Russian army instructors deployed in the name of a former collaboration between the two countries.

Since May 2021 and a second coup d’état that consolidated their grip, the colonels have turned away from France, which was pushed out and whose last soldier left the country in August after nine years of engagement against the jihadists alongside the Malian army.

The colonels have turned militarily and diplomatically to Moscow.

This decision is likely to affect many NGOs that France has continued to support despite the abrupt deterioration in relations between the two countries for more than a year.

A multitude of NGOs are working in Mali in the fields of health, food or education.

Recipients of a large part of this funding, these NGOs were alarmed in a letter to President Emmanuel Macron that the withdrawal of such funding would lead to “the cessation of essential, even vital activities for the benefit of populations in situations of great fragility or poverty”.

A group of NGOs, including CCFD Terre-Solidaire, Handicap International, Médecins du Monde, and Oxfam, had expressed concern about France’s suspension of its aid.

They pointed out that 7.5 million Malians were in need of assistance, “or more than 35% of the population”, and that Mali was ranked 184th on the Human Development Index.

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