Project profile — Reinforcing Community Resilience Against Disinformation in Mali



Overview 

CA-3-P008543001
$5,326,313
Search for Common Ground
2020-12-16 - 2026-03-31
Operational
Global Affairs Canada
IFM International Security

Country / region 

• Mali (100.00%)

Sector 

• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant 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)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant 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 

This project aims to reinforce community resilience against disinformation in Mali’s northern and central regions to improve conflict prevention and the security situation. Specifically, the project aims to strengthen multi-stakeholder coordination and collaboration for communicating messages and information that are verified, impartial and conflict-sensitive. These actions will improve the early-warning systems and foster dialogue to prevent violent conflicts in Bamako and in Mali’s northern and central regions (Gao, Mopti, Ségou). The project will also build capacity for youth, women and local authorities in conflict transformation, leadership, positive and conflict-sensitive communication, rumour management and advocacy for peace and stability in Mali. The project’s activities include: (1) providing training on social communication, leadership and disinformation; (2) organizing forums for community expression and peace initiatives; (3) leading awareness campaigns without social media and the radio; (4) providing training for media professionals; (5) organizing workshops on early-warning mechanisms.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) strengthened cooperation among state actors, civil society, the community and women to prevent rumors and hate messages; (2) improved access to and sharing of verified, credible and conflict sensitive information as well as access to and sharing of alternative narratives that promote social cohesion and the positive role of women; and (3) support for the coordination and sharing of information on the security situation and intra- and inter-community conflicts, particularly the role of women in conflict resolution.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) organized 62 community activities involving the planning and implementation of actions to counter disinformation in the targeted areas. A total of 5,365 people (3,151 women and 2,214 men) participated; (2) held 11 training and coaching sessions on fact checking and the production of reliable and conflict-sensitive information. These sessions were provided to 164 media professionals and influencers (57 women and 107 men); and (3) organized 14 forums for community expression with 764 people (280 women and 484 men). These are spaces where citizens, authorities and local leaders can discuss the spreading of rumours, false information and hate messages. These conversations empower participants in the roles they can play in preventing and countering disinformation and in collaboratively finding joint solutions and actions to raise awareness about managing rumours.

Budget and spending 


Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $1,240,294
Transactions
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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