Project profile — Child Protection in Mali

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Child Protection in Mali - Overview
Right To Play International (CA-CRA_ACR-3888804218)
2015-06-11 - 2020-03-31
Country / region • Mali (100.00%)
Sector • Education, Level Unspecified
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (18.30%)
• Education, Level Unspecified
Teacher training (11130) (18.30%)
• Basic Health
Basic health care (12220) (8.30%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Human rights (15160) (21.49%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (15.32%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services
Social/welfare services (16010) (18.29%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


The project aims to improve the protection and well-being of more than 70,000 of the most vulnerable children in the Kayes, Mopti and Sikasso regions. It seeks to improve the effectiveness of child protection systems in more than 200 communities and to increase the capacity of decision-makers and local actors to ensure better respect for children's rights. The project places particular emphasis on children affected by conflict and harmful traditional practices such as early marriage, difficult working conditions in traditional gold mines and begging. Project activities include: (1) training 6,000 stakeholders in the use of the Child Protection Information System (SIPRE) to strengthen protection systems (police, judges, teachers, etc.); (2) training of more than 1,000 decision-makers and community leaders on the importance of child protection and the risks associated with harmful practices and exploitation, particularly those targeting girls; (3) training of 600 community instructors (50% of whom are women) and 300 teachers, to help children improve their ability to make decisions and express themselves on the choices that affect them; (4) providing school supplies for 6,000 children and the rehabilitation of 100 classrooms, 25 play spaces and 3 buildings (taking into account the specific needs of girls) to promote better access to basic social services; and (5) strengthening local structures for psychosocial and recreational support services through sport and play for the rehabilitation, reintegration and guidance of children.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: 1) increased effectiveness of the child protection system for a protective environment that respects the rights of children, especially girls, in the Kayes, Sikasso and Mopti regions; 2) increased community capacity to ensure better protection of children, especially girls, during and after crises, against harmful practices in the Kayes, Sikasso and Mopti regions; and 3) increased access to basic social services and sustainable rehabilitation/reintegration measures for children affected by the crisis and those affected by harmful practices, especially girls, in the Kayes, Sikasso and Mopti regions.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2020: (1) implemented a social, economic and cultural development plan in 20 communes. Each of these plans includes actions related to child protection, particularly for girls; (2) trained 926 people on defence and the application of legal texts on protection. These people are community counsellors, women leaders, children, youth, technical service agents (health, security, education), religious and traditional leaders. Together they support the establishment of formal child protection frameworks; (3) trained more than 2,400 individuals and decision-makers who play a crucial role in child protection. Over the past four years, these individuals have learned to facilitate implementing activities contained in the communes' emergency plans. Together, they constitute a core group of professionals and protectors who work to sustain the project's actions; (4) established networks of volunteer mentors in the communities. Women chaired 95% of these networks, and girls chair all 200 children's clubs at the community and school levels; (5) realized 1,535 sensitization activities (theatres, forums, promotional days). These activities made it possible to address issues related to harmful practices with leaders and community members; (6) presented protection laws learned by 668 members within the 200 children's clubs. These children can now report abuse themselves, based on their knowledge of the legislative frameworks; (7) cared for 133 vulnerable children per the established mechanism for violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. The children cared for estimated 71.6% satisfaction with their care; (8) trained 71 health workers and 43 women comfortable taking care of vulnerable children; (9) removed 1,175 children (531 girls) from gold washing sites and other vulnerable situations and reintroduced them into the formal education system. Their teachers provide positive feedback on their academic performance; (10) trained 224 youth in professional trades and supported 143 in entrepreneurial activities to facilitate social reintegration measures. These trainings resulted in 100% confidence in their ability to pursue entrepreneurship; and (11) rehabilitated 19 play spaces and 21 inclusive, respectful latrines to effectively enable girls to manage their menstrual periods in the school environment.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
22-09-2021 Disbursement $488,831
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