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Strategic Support for Sustainable Development in Inner Niger Delta

At the request of the Dutch Embassy in Mali, Royal Tropical Institute offered strategic assistance for the development of a support programme for sustainable development of the Inner Niger Delta in Central Mali. In this role we defined the types of interventions and the institutional arrangements necessary for ensuring effective co-ordination of interventions while strengthening governance of natural resources.

Targeted development in a vital economic centre

The Inner Niger Delta plays a vital role in the national economy of Mali. While hosting an area of outstanding biodiversity recognised by the Ramsar Wetlands Convention, the dependence of local farming and fisheries on reliable flood cycles means they are highly inter-related. At the same time, the area is vulnerable to population and pressure and inadequate governance by both modern and traditional institutions.

Numerous projects, including projects funded by the Dutch Embassy, are being implemented in the Inner Niger Delta. These projects focus mainly on protecting and restoring its natural resource base. However, they are poorly coordinated, which limits their impact.

The Embassy’s ambition is to contribute to the development of a comprehensive approach and effective coordination of interventions that link ‘ecology’ with ‘economy’ and strengthen local institutions including local governments and organisations of farmers, livestock raisers and fishermen.

Involvement of KIT

KIT’s involvement includes:

Based on KIT’s recommendations, the Embassy has launched a call for proposals for programmes that support the sustainable development of the Inner Niger Delta of Mali.

Services delivered

  • Policy & Programme Design

    KIT operates at the intersection of theory and practice and between policy and implementation, translating good intentions into meaningful social and economic impact. Our professional staff combine expertise in specific content areas with the ability to offer a diverse suite of advisory services, including policy and programme design and implementation. This experience enables our advisors to navigate sustainable development processes and identify elements that can make a difference in programme performance. We help governments, organisations and businesses to learn from their experiences, improve practice, and maximize the impact of their interventions. With the knowledge we share, public and private investors are better equipped to identify the investments that yield highest economic and social impact.