State, economy and population: strengthening regions in Mali
Title: Support for decentralisation and regionalisation in Mali
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation
Overall term: 2020 to 2021
Mali is currently in a crucial phase of decentralisation. Aiming to improve the efficiency and the democratic legitimacy of public action in the long term, the Mali Government has adopted a national strategy to consolidate decentralisation and initiated extensive reforms for legal affairs and administration.
To achieve this, the government has transferred numerous competences to Mali’s local authorities: the regions, districts and municipalities. These authorities are now faced with the task of assuming responsibility in the political process. To do this, however, they first need to expand their institutional, administrative and human resources.
The prerequisites for regionalisation in Mali have been improved in selected regions.
The project advises the Mali Ministry of Decentralization as well as the regions, districts and municipalities. In the process, it is also integrating business and civil society. It is supporting the regional administrations in developing competences and skills that will enable them to act as a hub for economic and social development in Mali in the future.
This approach is based on tried and tested instruments and practical approaches for German technical cooperation in Mali and enhances them. The corresponding measures are being taken in four focus areas:
Empowering regional councils to shape economic development. The project supports regional councils in strategic planning and implementing measures to establish beneficial framework conditions for the private sector.
Strengthening the collection and administration of local taxes. New instruments and procedures lead to greater acceptance for local taxes and duties among the population. This enables municipalities to mobilise income more effectively and manage it transparently.
Improving transparency and accountability. Together with the civil society, the project is developing and mainstreaming a gender-differentiated monitoring mechanism. This makes it possible to improve the recording of the contributions of organisations and associations to the social and business-related infrastructure and to the responsiveness of the authorities. The mechanism also makes it possible to monitor the implementation of the contributions.
Equipping authorities to combat COVID-19 and future pandemics. Materials and equipment and training courses for the staff of the regional administrations in the area of crisis prevention strengthen the authorities in the partner regions on preventing and combating pandemics. Experience gained in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic helps to improve their management skills for future crises.
Last Update: October 2020