Building on gains for children and women
Since 1961 the Mali- UNICEF Country Programme has evolved from a service delivery approach to “a rights and results based” approach guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the goals of “A World Fit for Children”, adopted by 180 nations at the United Nations.
The current five-year country programme for 2008-2012 has been developed to make progress towards the country’s 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It has been elaborated within the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and it is part of the National Poverty Reduction Strategy, to achieve measurable results for children and women in Mali. This means improving access to quality services in the areas of health, nutrition, water and sanitation, basic education, protection and HIV/AIDS.
The Government is the principal partner and leader of the country programme. Other key partners are community-based-organizations, local civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations partner agencies and other international organizations.
The Mali-UNICEF country programme supports national programmes as well as integrated community based initiatives in six out of nine regions: Koulikoro, Sikasso, Ségou, Kayes, Mopti and Gao, home to 10.6 million people, half of whom are children. An integrated package of interventions that are high impact and low cost at the community level should eventually be expanded to reach children on a national scale.