Youth and Stabilisation Programme in the Central Mali Regions (PROJES)

Project description

Title: Youth and Stabilisation Programme in the Central Mali Regions (PROJES)
Commissioned by: European Union / European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF)
Country: Mali
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation (MATD)
Overall term: 2018 to 2021

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Context

The crisis caused by the rebel groups of the Mouvement National de Libération de l'Azawad (MNLA) and the infiltration of Jihadist groups into the northern regions of Mali in 2011 and 2012 has gradually spread to the centre of the country. The Mopti and Segou regions are particularly affected. All areas and indicators of development in these parts of the country have deteriorated, as has the trust between the government and the Malian population. 

The threat to young people has increased since 2015. In addition to the shortage of job opportunities, limited public services and very low and unequal school enrolment rates between the different areas of the region, the Mopti and Segou regions have seen a wave of school closures.

Against this background, the Youth and Stabilisation Programme in the Central Mali Regions (PROJES) has been supporting the Malian Government since September 2018 in the following areas: improving the delivery of and access to basic services, supporting social and community cohesion and creating new sources of income as well as jobs.

Objective

Stabilisation and socio-economic revival in the Central Mali regions have improved as a result of an improved delivery of essential services and the population's access to these services, better social and community cohesion and the creation of income and jobs for the benefit of vulnerable social groups.

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Approach

PROJES is financed by the European Union from the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and implemented by GIZ. The Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation (MATD) is the PROJES partner in the country. MATD is responsible for monitoring and implementing the programme in the two target regions of Mopti and Segou. 

The programme focuses on two components: (1) strengthening the functioning of and local access to basic socio-economic services; (2) promoting local development through training, socio-occupational integration and the creation of economic opportunities for young people. Thanks to its strong regional roots and commitment to the communities, the project facilitates a decentralised, participatory and transparent approach. The programme aims to integrate vulnerable people and contribute to the stabilisation of the region through measures to generate income, acquire skills and create opportunities. 

The staged implementation of the programme allows for the immediate implementation of priority interventions for the benefit of vulnerable persons. Public sector actors are gradually involved and empowered to continue conflict resolution and sustainable local development. The approach is flexible and can be adjusted to local circumstances and the unstable security situation.

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With a budget of 30 million euros and two target regions, the project is a large-scale programme involving long-term activities. The organisation of the implementation phase has only just begun. Immediate measures were implemented during the start-up phase. These included the rehabilitation of buildings such as schools and markets, as well as improving access to drinking water, to deliver better basic services to the population. This initial project phase also included the provision of equipment for health centres. 

Management training and technical training for young people were also offered to initiate income-generating measures and ensure the integration of young people into the labour market. These included activities in the restaurant sector, in small businesses or in micro fish-farming projects.

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