Strengthening the resilience and empowerment of refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons affected by the conflict in northern Mali

Strengthening the resilience and empowerment of refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons affected by the conflict in northern Mali

Funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and implemented by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), this regional project focuses on populations affected by instability in northern and central Mali causing forced displacement and irregular migratory flows. In fact, 135 000 Malian refugees currently live in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania, placing additional pressure on local host communities, and instability in certain areas. In a context of prolonged displacement where large-scale repatriation of exiled populations is still unfeasible, the intervention revolves mainly around the concept of “responsible disengagement” with a view to finding sustainable solutions. In fact, the action aims to “prepare for solutions” that will ultimately allow displaced populations to return or integrate in their host communities. The programme is comprised of three priority axes: 1) resilience and self-sufficiency; 2) peaceful coexistence and protection; and 3) voluntary repatriation. The project is conducted within the framework of the Sahel Alliance.

Global objective

  • Support Malian refugees and displaced persons and support their return to their areas of origin

Specific objectives

  • Strengthen resilience and self-sufficiency of refugee populations, returnees and internally displaced persons of Mali
  • Maintain peaceful coexistence between displaced populations and host/local communities within a harmonious protection environment
  • Facilitate the voluntary repatriation of refugees who wish to return

Expected results

  • Building resilience and self-reliance along with diversified income generation opportunities
  • Maintenance of a peaceful coexistence between displaced populations and host/local communities in a harmonious protection environment
  • Facilitation of voluntary repatriation of Malian refugees with dignity and safety

Duration

3 years : 25/05/2017 - 31/05/2020

Localisation

The project is implemented in four countries:
• Burkina Faso: Soum and Oudalan provinces of the Sahel region
• Mali: in 16 priority municipalities in the regions of Gao, Kidal, Ménaka, Mopti and Tombouctou;
• Mauritania: in the region of Hodh el Chargui, Camp de Mbera, as well as the villages of the department of Bassikounou
• Niger: in the Tahoua and Tillabéry regions

Beneficiaries

Nearly 470 000 direct beneficiaries:

  • Malian refugees
  • Malian returnees
  • Malian internally displaced persons
  • Internally displaced returnees from Mali
  • Vulnerable and/or affected host/local communities

Budget

EUR 21 400 000

Funding

  • European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUR 20 million)
  • UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) (EUR 1.4 million)

Implementation

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

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Country

  • Burkina Faso
  • G5 Sahel area
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger

Topics

  • Agriculture & value chains
  • Demographic trends
  • Employment & revenues
  • Food security & zero hunger
  • Gender
  • Governance & capacity-building
  • Local actors & livelihoods
  • Poverty
  • Rural-urban issues
  • Social affairs & social protection
  • Youth

Targets

  • Poor households
  • Poor workers in the informal economy
  • Refugees
  • Women
  • Youth

Agir Pillars

  • Pillar 1: Improve social protection for the most vulnerable communities and households in order to secure their livelihoods

Scales

  • Local
  • Regional (West Africa)

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 SDG 2 SDG 8 SDG 10 SDG 16