2012-2017 (Mali) Food Security in Nioro and Nara


This project is part of a multi-partner program of the Belgian Fund for Food Security.  The following partners are involved:

  • "Veterinarians Without Borders" (Dierenartsen zonder Grenzen) for the livestock component;
  • SOS Faim for the agricultural component;
  • the Red Cross for the nutrition and health component;
  • Protos for the drinking water component;
  • World Solidarity (Wereld Solidariteit) for the microcredits and health services component;
  • UNCDF for the component for investment funds and municipal development;
  • FAO to support the Commisariat pour la Sécurité Alimentaire (Food Security Office) of Mali for coordinating the program.

Key elements - component "access to drinking water"

  • Increased access to drinking water and sanitation for the most vulnerable groups.
  • To establish and to support management structures for communal infrastructures.
  • Client contractorship by the municipalities.
  • Integrated water resource management.
Target Groups

Direct target groups:

  • 44.000 people obtain access to drinking water and are sensitized on hygiene and sanitation; 30 schools and 10 health care centers.

Indirect target group:

  • The population of the two districts
Funding / budget / duration


  • FBSA (Belgian Fund for Food Security)
  • Atlas Copco Airpower and employees via 'Water for All'
  • Private donations


  • 2012-2017


  • 2012-2013:  € 316.088
  • 2014: € 462.879
  • 2015 : € 468.413
  • 2016 : € 336.846
  • 2017 : €  180.479
  • Totaal programma : € 1.764.706
Activities & results

Main results

  • An increased amount of functional water points available for the inhabitants.
  • A sustainable management of drinking water services by the municipalities and all water users.
  • The target population have aquired a more hygienic behavior.
  • The principles of IWRM and environmental protection are taken in account by the municipalities in consultation with all water users.
  • Participatory management of water resources reduces environmental risks and social conflicts in the intervention communities.
  • The relevant experience and information on municipal client contractorship, water management and sanitation are capitalized and distributed, and the communication between various actors water has improved.

20 municipalities


Would you like to support this program? Please contact Johan Slimbrouck, thematic and geographic adviser for Mali: johan [dot] slimbrouck [at] protos [dot] ngo