World Bank Group Engagement in Mali
The two-year World Bank Group’s (WBG) Interim Strategy Note (ISN) for 2014-2015 proposes a selective program in support of post-conflict recovery and long-term development objectives, all of which are underpinned by a Fragility Assessment. This ISN program aims to both rapidly provide support to meet the needs of populations across the country and initiate new activities to better address long-term governance challenges.
The WBG recognizes the centrality of the human development challenges Mali faces in the aftermath of the 2011-12 crisis, and proposes a strong program focused on strengthening capacities and delivering basic services. The program has three pillars: (i) laying the foundations for long-term accountability and stability; (ii) protecting human capital and building resilience; and (iii) preparing the conditions for economic recovery. In recognition of the national and regional dynamics that led to the instability, each of these priority areas will include a combination of programs with a national reach and targeted regional lending and non-lending programs to improve the knowledge base on the drivers and impact of the crisis.
An emergency Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Project in the form of a $100 million grant was approved by the World Bank Board in December 2013 to respond to the crisis. The Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Project will primarily focus on the rehabilitation of existing schools and education facilities, and also finance the infrastructure needs of local governments in the south that are host to internally displaced people affected by the crisis.
A second grant of $21.42 million will fund Mali’s Natural Resources Management in a Changing Climate (NRMCC) Project, designed to expand the use of sustainable land and water management practices in certain communities that are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts such as drought, land degradation, deforestation and flooding.
The $25 million Rural Electrification Hybrid System Project for Mali was also approved in December. Its development objective is to expand access to modern energy services in rural areas of the recipient and to increase renewable energy generation in target areas.
In November 2013, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of $80 million to boost water supply for Bamako and improve access and quality of service in the capital city.
A new Systematic Country Diagnostic will be launched in September 2014 to assess the knowledge gap, reduce poverty, and achieve shared prosperity. This work will inform the new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) to be formulated by June 2015.
International Finance Corporation (IFC):
The IFC has aggregate commitments of $40.2 million to six clients, of which $14.1 million is undisbursed.
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA):
The MIGA portfolio of guarantees includes one $18 million equity investment in Ikatel SA of Mali (telecommunications).
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014
The World Bank has contributed to Mali’s development performance in the following sectors:
Agriculture and Livestock
Thanks to World Bank projects such as the Agriculture Competitiveness and Diversification Project, Mali has improved productivity of targeted horticultural/livestock products. Below are some project results:
- The volume and value of the products marketed for the three main value chains (mango, shallot /onion and potato) have almost achieved the project’s expected results (respectively 104%, 93%, 95%; and 107, 90%, 96%)
- Access to financing for farmers and other private economic operators in the selected supply chains increased to 782 million francs CFAF out of 880 million planned
- Some 125 medium-sized agribusiness investors have benefitted from credit facilitation to acquire innovative technologies in micro-irrigation, storage, or post-harvest processing
Project such as the Household Energy and Universal Rural Access (HEURA) Project have increased access to basic energy services.
- As of 2011, about 55,900 off-grid connections were made for households and for public lighting, proving electricity access to about 838,000 people
- 896 public institutions including 208 schools and 165 health centers have been provided off-grid electricity access
- Over a period of six years, more than 8,598 households were connected to solar home systems and solar photovoltaic systems were installed countrywide
The World Bank efforts have through the Second Transport Sector Project resulted in the following:
- Periodic maintenance works on about 339 km of rural roads in the Kayes, Koulikoro and Sikasso regions have been completed
- Periodic maintenance on about 446 km of rural roads in the Mopti, Koulikoro and Sikasso regions began in March 2014
Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014
Mali is looking to benefit from a pilot World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Joint Management Action Plan. Donors are working together in 10 thematic groups: (1) agriculture and rural economy; (2) infrastructure development; (3) decentralization and institutional development; (4) macroeconomic management; (5) justice; (6) democratic process and civil society; (7) private sector development and microfinance; (8) education; (9) health; and (10) drinking water and sanitation. In January 2013, the Bank took over as chair of the existing donor coordination mechanism, the Troika, and is expected to play a key role in supporting government leadership during the post-conflict reconstruction period.
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014