MCI’s work in Bamako progressed substantially, but unfortunately was hindered by the political instability in the capital and the tragic violence in Mali’s north. With a focus on health, education, gender equality and water/sanitation issues, MCI published its public health needs assessment for Bamako and presented its research findings in the other three sectors at a workshop in early 2012, when a broad array of city stakeholders gathered to determine their top development priorities for the city, work that fed, in turn, into an integrated development strategy finalized by MCI. MCI also worked with city authorities to develop a three-year strategy for addressing water/sanitation issues in Bamako’s Commune 5 and to find ways of financing work in this sector. The coup occurred just as MCI was preparing a donor roundtable to help the city mobilize the financing for the implementation of these plans.
All related research publications on Bamako can be found at: Bamako Research