Process of reconciliation in Mali: The Story on how Germany reconciled nomadic desert tribes of the Tuareg plus Fula of North and Bambara ethnic group of South to sit together and make peace

No-one had expected such an outcome. For three days they sat on mats under canvas tents in Gargando, a small town near the Malian desert city of Timbuktu, talking and talking. Many of those present had long since stopped regarding Mali as their country. After all, the capital Bamako had hardly ever bothered about the…

Aga Khan Foundation Makes Headway in Mali Education Project

December 01, 2015 The Aga Khan Foundation, Plan-Mali, Save the Children and World Vision have collaborated with the Canadian Department of Global Affairs for the Improvement of Access to Quality Education Services Project (PASEQ) to improve access to early childhood development centers and the first cycle of basic education. This three-year program, which began in…

Mali to build west Africa’s first solar plant — Yahoo News com

A solar plant near El Salvador, in the Atacama desert, northern Chile (AFP Photo/Vladimir Rodas)   Dakar (AFP) – Mali has signed an agreement with a Norwegian renewable energy specialist to build west Africa’s first industrial-scale solar power plant, the company announced in a statement on Friday. Oslo-based Scatec Solar said it had signed up…

AKDN Press Release: La musique live s’épanouit au Parc National du Mali avec le soutien de L’Initiative Aga Khan pour la musique

Les Jeudis Musicaux des Enfants reprennent le principe des Jeudis Musicaux, mais présentent le travail d`ensembles d`enfants. Photo: AKTC Bamako, Mali, le 20 avril 2015 – Alors que les Jeudis Musicaux fêtent leur dixième année d’existence, L’Initiative Aga Khan pour la musique poursuit et développe son partenariat avec le Musée National du Mali. Dès le…

Rooted in Resilience: From Crisis to Opportunity — Partnership in Action org

Microfinance loan recipients in Mali. In sync with the release of our Annual Report, we are launching our June blog series, “Rooted in Resilience: From Crisis to Opportunity.” The series celebrates the resilience and ingenuity of the communities where we work. You can download our 2013 annual report here. The stories demonstrate the impact our…

The Ingenious Portable Lamp That’s Lighting Up Rural Mali — Slate com

Beef butchered and offered for sale by the village ton (youth collective) under Ferroni’s lights. Because of the climate, butchering must be done quickly and at night. In the space of a few hours the youths slaughter the bull, portion the meat, and call the villagers together by megaphone. The money raised supports the ton’s…

West Africa’s newest zoo reopens its doors in Mali capital — The Guardian UK article by Mark Tran on Aga Khan net work and Public Private partners renovated project

A baby elephant takes a stroll. It costs 3.5m CFA a month to feed the animals Mali‘s national zoo reopened with little fanfare after two years of renovation. The facility provides visitors with a refuge from the traffic-ridden streets of the sprawling capital, Bamako, filled with cheap motorbikes imported from Indonesia, and where pavements and…

Mali’s tourism reset to zero, ethnic tension prevails — Xinhua Net com

MOPTI, Mali, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) — A calm acceptance kind of “whatever happens, happens” reigned over Mopti, a poor river- island city in central Mali, one day after the release of provisional results of the country’s presidential election giving Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK) a five-year term with absolute majority. (…) About 580 km to its…

Video: UNESCO experts mission in Mali

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”In the Arab World, We Africans are Viewed as Inferior Muslims” — Interview with Bakary Sambe on Qantara de

The French military intervention in Mali has triggered controversial reactions among Muslim intellectuals in West Africa. While there is almost universal rejection of jihadism, opinion about France’s political motives is divided. Charlotte Wiedemann spoke to the Senegalese political scientist Bakary Sambe Dr Sambe, you have consistently spoken out in favour of the French intervention in…

Rescuing cultural treasures in Mali — Federal Foreign Office of Germany

 During their occupation of parts of northern Mali since early 2012, Islamists have not only mistreated the local population and endangered the security of the entire region, but also heavily damaged the country’s cultural treasures. Since these groups were militarily driven back, Germany has been helping bring these treasures to safety and preserve them. Rescued…

USDA-supported Programs Help Mali Farmers Adapt in Hard Times – Inter Action Org News story and also on Aga Khan Foundation’s trainings to Farmers and more

Submitted by David Taylor on Tue, 02/05/2013 – 10:00am On the day before Thanksgiving, Mary Beth Leonard , the U.S. ambassador to Mali, took a trip to see how the farm families and grower cooperatives of Mopti, eight hours northeast of Bamako, the capital, are coping in the challenging conditions of this West African nation….