What we do

Our vision is of a Mali where every child benefits from all their rights

Jean Bosco keeps lovely his son.
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UNICEF in Mali works with partners towards the following five goals:

  1. Every child survives and thrives: ensuring that all children and adolescents have good health, wellbeing and reach their full potential;
  2. Every child learns: providing early, quality and inclusive education for every girl and every boy in Mali, so that they can reach their full potential;
  3. Every child is protected from violence and exploitation: improving policies and services that protect children and making Mali a safe place for all children;
  4. Every child lives in a safe and clean environment: protecting every child from exploitation, violence and abuse and providing access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene;
  5. Every child has an equitable chance in life: promoting investment in children through effective policies and inclusive social protection programmes.

These goals span the complete life cycle of the child from before birth, through infancy, childhood and into adolescence.

UNICEF works across all sectors in support of a Mali where all children, particularly the most vulnerable, benefit from all their rights

UNICEF in Mali works both upstream, providing policy support and technical assistance to the Government of Mali in its efforts to create an enabling environment for child rights; and downstream to support programmes and interventions to strengthen social services for the most vulnerable children.

UNICEF supports Mali’s current development framework — Cadre Stratégique pour la Relance Economique et le Développement Durable (CREDD 2019-2023) — and works in close collaboration with the Government, at all levels, as well as with civil society and NGOs throughout the country. UNICEF also coordinates closely with other UN agencies to implement the UNSDCF (UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2020-2024) and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a vision of leaving no-one behind.

In 2020, the new Country Programme of UNICEF and its partners, which supports the new CREDD and the Sustainable Development Goals, takes effect. Key priorities of the new Country Programme include the strengthening of the life cycle approach, a stronger focus on the four Key Results for Children, and added emphasis on the second decade of life and on specific challenges for adolescent girls.

UNICEF believes that a common vision and effective partnerships are key to achieving sustainable results for children. In addition to providing technical assistance, policy support and service modelling to the Government of Mali, UNICEF works with a wide range of national and local partners and implements joint initiatives with other UN agencies.

Our work in Mali

Harnessing children’s potential through quality education for every child

Creating change for Mali’s most vulnerable children

Improving children’s lives through clean water and clean environments

Giving every child a fair chance to survive and thrive

Responding to increasing humanitarian needs

Enabling children and adolescents to unlock the door to prosperity, peace and development

4 Key Results for Children

UNICEF’s West and Central Africa Regional Office has identified eight Key Results for Children (KRC) that will accelerate progress towards the realization of the rights of the child in the region. From these, UNICEF has selected four priority KRCs for Mali: increasing coverage of immunization, the prevention of malnutrition, improving learning outcomes, and prevention of child marriage.

Mamadou Kassé, 29, a vaccinator at the Sofara Community Health Center, vaccinates a child in the village of Kombaka.
Immunization Plus

Almost one third of the children who die before reaching their fifth birthday could be saved by vaccination


Anta Cisse, 40 years old, plays with her daughter Belco Diallo, 24 months, who suffers from severe acute malnutrition with complications.
Prevention of malnutrition

There are several proven, low-cost, highly effective interventions that can reduce stunting and other forms of undernutrition

 UNICEF and its partners are piloting innovations such as learning by tablets to improve the quality of education in crisis-affected areas and ensure uninterrupted learning for every child.
Improving learning outcomes

Ensuring quality education for every child lays the foundation for the social and economic development of a country

Arama Coulibaly, 15 years old, holds her 20-day-old baby.
Child marriage

Child marriage affects one in two girls in Mali. Child marriage threatens girls' education, health, emotional well-being, and the future health and education levels of their children