2017 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Mali

Report
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

FUNDING * FY14 FY15 FY16 FY13–16 TOTAL
DOS NADR - CWD 0 1,200 500 1,700
DoD 0 0 170 170
COUNTRY TOTAL 0 1,200 670 1,870

Dollars in thousands

*Department of State FY13 funding is included in regional funding.

Mali

An increase in violent extremist organizations stemming from a post-Qadhafi Libya allowed for an uptick in illicit trafficking of SA/LW throughout the Sahel. In Mali, militant groups supported a 2012 coup, further destabilizing the country. Tuareg rebels and Islamist militias seized the country’s north, while a military coup prevented an effective response from the country’s elected leadership. Although intervention by French forces re-established order, the country still suffers from an insurgency in the north, and hosts a major UN-led peacekeeping mission. Mali remains a major transit point for illicitly-trafficked SA/LW and conventional munitions.

From 2013 to 2016, the United States invested more than $1.87 million in Mali. These projects supported the destruction of SA/LW and munitions, improved the host nation’s PSSM capacity, and managed surveys and assessments to scope future work.

In 2016, the Department of State supported MAG to work with the military and police to improve their PSSM capacity and built/refurbished 15 armories around the country.

With funding from the Department of Defense, USARAF conducted a feasibility study for expanding programs in Mali. The Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid (OHDACA) appropriation funded humanitarian mine action activities as well as supplies, travel, equipment, and services.