Project profile — Promoting Girls' Education in Mali


Cowater International Inc. (61009)
2020-03-25 - 2025-07-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Mali (100.00%)


• Education policy and administrative management:
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (20.00%)
Education facilities and training (11120) (10.00%)
Teacher training (11130) (10.00%)
• Secondary Education: Upper secondary education (11322) (40.00%)
• Basic sanitation:
Basic sanitation (14032) (10.00%)
Education and training in water supply and sanitation (14081) (5.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (5.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• 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 (significant 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)


The project aims to improve the educational outcomes of more than 16,000 adolescent girls (between the ages of 13 and 15) in the second cycle of basic education in Mali. The project works to: (1) improve access and retention of adolescent girls in targeted schools in the Segou region; and (2) strengthen capacities of the Ministry of National Education to reduce education barriers and promote quality and gender-sensitive education at the national level. Project activities include: (1) providing information sessions and support to adolescent girls and boys to promote girls' right to education and their sexual and reproductive health and rights; (2) providing training and support to parent-teacher associations to promote the reduction of harmful practices that prevent adolescent girls from accessing and staying in school; (3) creating adolescent girls' clubs to enable girls to express their needs safely; (4) providing training and support for staff of the National Directorate of Basic Education in gender-sensitive analysis and programming; and (5) supporting the Ministry of National Education to strengthen its capacity to collect, monitor, analyse and publish reports on girls' enrolment.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased equitable access for adolescent girls, including those with disabilities, to quality and inclusive education and a safe learning environment in the Ségou region; and (2) improved professional practices of the Ministry of National Education officials, including decentralized structures and teachers, to promote the inclusion and learning of adolescent girls.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 31, 2023 include: 1) Water infrastructures, hand-washing facilities and gender-specific latrines accessible to people with mobility impairment were built or rehabilitated in 90 schools; 2) 28,459 students, including 15,011 girls, have received awareness-raising sessions on the adoption of healthy hygiene practices, including menstrual management; 3) 90 School Management Committees (SMCs) have been activated or set up in the 90 schools of the project; 4) Members of the 90 SMCs have been trained on their roles and responsibilities in managing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; 5) 10 groups were set up to support entrepreneurship among 1,290 women, with the creation of production units for WASH products, in particular soap and sanitary pads, as well as vegetable production, shea butter and potash; 6) More than 405,861 people, including 173,780 women and girls, were reached by awareness-raising and mobilization activities using Social art for behavior change to promote girls’ education; 7) 509 staff from the Department of National Education and its various directorates, including 24 girls' education officers (21 women, 3 men), have been trained in gender-sensitive programming, the collection and use of sex-disaggregated data, and the training of school workers in gender issues, gender equality, menstrual hygiene management, gender-based violence and positive masculinity.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $1,298,544
Transaction Date Type Value
30-05-2024 Disbursement $787,325
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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