Bamako Urban Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


17 adolescents successfully completed vocational training courses at our newly-built training center so they could pursue job opportunities. To reduce the prevalence of malaria in pregnant women and children under age 5, we trained 81 community health workers on diagnosing and treating the disease. 175 teachers and 24 religious leaders learned about HIV and AIDS in order to raise awareness in the community about preventing and treating the disease. To ensure that children are healthy and well-nourished, we trained 90 mothers on exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and 82 community health workers on the prevention of malaria and diarrhea. 3,000 students and 173 teachers attended sessions on handwashing and personal hygiene in order to improve community sanitation. We drilled 11 new borehole wells and trained 22 volunteers on well maintenance so communities have access to clean drinking water. To improve the quality of education for all children, we implemented Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) to improve reading and math skills. Teachers were trained on this approach and received IRI kits. IRI is a learning system that helps students interact in the classroom with radio characters and participate in activities suggested by the radio program.

Cross-cutting issues

Most Vulnerable Children, Gender, Protection, Peace, Disability, Advocacy, HIV&AIDS


  • Mali>Bamako


  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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