Central Mali is facing complex threats. The use and depletion of water resources is one of the underlying causes of conflict and grievances between communities. These water-related problems could be aggravated by new development activities in Mali and other parts of the Niger Basin. To mitigate the exacerbation of conflicts in central Mali, interventions by government agencies, the private sector and development agencies must be conflict sensitive. In the case of water-related projects, this requires coordinated decision-making based on a risk perspective – not only by the actors concerned with water, energy and agriculture, but also by all the ministries involved. In their political dialogue with the government of Mali and in their technical and financial support activities, international partners should stress the importance of considering risk and of inter-ministerial coordination.
Author: Wetlands International