Sahel countries gather around the monitoring of the integration of PVE into education systems

Mali, Niger, the Gambia, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau met for two days in Dakar to review progress in integrating the prevention of violent extremism (PVE) into their education programs and the teaching and learning processes of their respective countries. Learn more...


Source: UNESCO

The Ogossagou massacre is the latest sign that violence in Mali is spiraling out of control

In shaky cell phone video seen by CNN, a witness stepped gingerly over ruined homes and around still-burning vehicles in Ogossagou, central Mali. Towards the end of the clip, a small body laid lifeless in the dirt.

All told, 134 people were killed in Saturday's brutal assault targeting the Fulani ethnic minority, which has been accused of having ties to jihadist organizations in the area. Many of the victims, according to the United Nations, were women and children.

The UN said armed men, reportedly dressed as hunters, came before dawn and attacked the villagers with guns and machetes. Learn more...


Source : CNN


Confronting Central Mali’s Extremist Threat

The Macina Liberation Front has opportunistically played on perceptions of ethnic, economic, religious, and political marginalization to become one of the most active militant Islamist groups in Mali.

A Creeping Threat

“The Center is what binds our country together,” observed Ali Nouhoum Diallo, the former president of Mali’s National Assembly. Yet, it is in the center of Mali that violence has dramatically escalated since 2015. Since then, reported violent events linked to militant Islamist groups in Mopti and Ségou regions increased from a few dozen to nearly 150 per year, making central Mali the most dangerous region in the country. Over 500 civilians were killedin this region in 2018, and more than 60,000 people have fled the violence. In Mopti region, over 972,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Despite growing international and regional engagement, the cycle of violence has not stabilized. Learn more...

Source: AfricaCenter


Mali has a population of almost 18 million people with an annual growth of 3%. The population aged 14 years and younger represents 48% of the total. Mali’s total population is expected to double by 2035.


Mali has 13 national languages in addition to French, its official language of government.

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Compulsory education lasts 9 years from age 7 to 15

Political Context:

The political and security situation in Mali has been volatile in recent years. In 2012, there was a military coup and an occupation of northern regions by armed groups. These events were followed by a deployment of French-led military forces in early 2013 and fresh presidential elections later that year. Peace negotiations were government forces and two rebel coalitions were concluded with the signing of agreements in the spring of 2015, giving greater autonomous status to Mali’s northern regions. The political and security situation remains tense, with armed attacks on the UN occupying force and the Malian army continuing in the northern regions.


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