Partnerships to further results for children and women in Mali

Leveraging resources for children

Civil Society Organization Partnerships (CSOs)

Corporate Sector Partnerships


Fast Track Initiative (FTI)

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Backpacks and other school supplies are provided to children across the country to support education initiatives.

Education for All

Under the leadership of the Ministry of Education, Literacy and National Languages, the donor community in Mali coordinates their technical and financial support to the education sector through a dynamic relationship. Monthly meetings ensure stronger aid effectiveness in reaching Millennium Development Goals 2 and 3 on universal primary education and the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Thematic working groups have been created to respond to specific needs such as girls’ education.

A good example of this partnership is our collaboration to include the Government of Mali in the Education for All – Fast Track Initiative (FTI) with the overall aim of strengthening international efforts to ensure universal primary education by 2015.

Together with other international organizations and agencies, UNICEF Mali assisted the Ministry of Education in mobilizing US$ 8.7 million for the period 2007-2009 to support the implementation of the second phase of the education sector plan.

Presently, we continue our active partnerships to support the Ministry of Education in accessing a second round of the Fast Track initiative. This support will speed up the implementation of the third phase of the education sector for 2010-2012, a financial gap of US$ 142 million. To ensure children’s access to quality education, the Ministry of Education is planning to request US$ 90,000 from the FTI’s Catalytic Fund in March 2011.

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A girl works in her notebook during a class in Mopti Region. Support for girls is particularly important in fostering an equitable learning environment.

Impact of the Partnership

The FTI has had numerous achievements. It has brought donors together, improved their coordination with each other and has motivated the Ministry of Education to develop more coherent education strategies. The initiative has also put the spotlight on the need for primary education and, as a result, managed to increase the overall donor funds available.
More importantly, the partnership has contributed to improve the primary graduation rate from 77.6 per cent in 2006-2007 to 81.2 per cent in 2008-2009.



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