A response to election results in Mali

We are pleased that the Malian election results have been announced without significant unrest or violence. However, with deadly attacks in the run-up to polling day, low turn out being blamed on security concerns, and accusations of electoral fraud, peace and good governance must be a central priority for Keita’s government in its second term. Mali on the Brink, our recently published report, highlighted both the risks and opportunities in securing a peaceful future for the country.

Dylan Mathews, CEO of Peace Direct, said:  “Given Mali is in the grips of a complex and deadly decades-long conflict, we are glad this moment of political potency passed without large-scale violence, but concerned at the ongoing threat. I hope that the Malian government and international actors use this new term to adopt a new approach to ending violent conflict in Mali. As well as establishing greater trust between public institutions and the people, the government must support local peace experts who understand the regional dynamics of conflict, and are working to build a peaceful Mali from the ground up.”

Mali on the Brink sets out recommendations by local experts for a more resilient country.

Recommendations for national actors include:

  •     Supporting the government to establish an effective presence in all communes
  •     Enhancing local peacebuilding by prioritising civic education
  •     Creating more employment opportunities
  •     Increasing social and economic reintegration of ex-combatants

International actors should:

  •     Increase investment in infrastructure
  •     Prioritise women, young people and grassroots organisations
  •     Visit Mali’s regions and local CSOs to better understand the local political, economic, and social contexts.

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–    SPOKESPEOPLE AVAILABLE   –

Notes to editors

  • English and French speaking Malian conflict and peace experts are available for interview. Please contact Claudia Elliot to arrange: [email protected]

 

  • Peace Direct supports local people and projects that reduce the risk of violent conflict, and ensure those who really understand the drivers of war are heard by decision-makers. We work with projects in 10 countries around the world including Syria, Yemen, Zimbabwe, and Mali, and bring together up-to-date intelligence from 45 areas of conflict. All projects we support are initiatives started, managed, and staffed by local people.

 

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