Overview

Insecurity persists in northern and central Mali. Tensions between two of the signatories of the 2015 peace deal, the Azawad Movement Coalition (CMA) and the Groupe Autodéfense Touareg Imghad et Alliés(GATIA), periodically flare into conflict. Attacks by Islamist armed groups, who are not part of the peace agreement, increased in 2016 and have continued into 2018. Conflict and insecurity are driving displacement and humanitarian needs in the affected areas. The most important needs are food security, health and protection. Timbuktu, Gao and Mopti regions are the areas with the most people in need of assistance. However, capacity to respond is severely limited due to a lack of access in the conflict-affected areas.?

Mali is also a country of destination and of transit for migrants coming from sub-Saharan Africa who want to travel to Algeria, Mauritania and/or Europe. During their journey, those migrants lack protection assistance and are vulnerable to armed attacks.

INFORM measures Mali's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 6/10. Hazard, exposure, a lack of coping capacity, and vulnerability are all at concerning levels, at 5.3/10, 6.8/10 and 6/10 respectively.?

This country is being monitored by our analysis team daily. Crisis analysis content is updated on an ad hoc basis.

Latest Developments

03/10: Some 6,350 houses and 92 water points have been damaged by the floods that have impacted some 137,000 people since the beginning of August.?

Key figures

  • 5,200,000 in need of humanitarian assistance  [?]
  • 990,000 in need of protection services  [?]
  • 1,810,000 in need of health services  [?]
  • 4,350,000 in need of food security  [?]
  • 1,080,000 in need of nutrition support  [?]

Key priorities

Protection is a priority for populations affected by insecurity, particularly in the north.

Food security is of particular concern in Timbuktu and Mopti regions.

Health needs are high as access to services is poor and epidemics pose a major risk.

Information Gaps and needs

  • Limited access to the north makes it difficult to assess exact needs.
  • Infrequent updates on exact health and WASH needs.
  • Wide gap between the number of returnees registered by the Malian government and UNHCR
  • Limited or lack of information on access constraints for the population to humanitarian assistance and basic social services 
Key documents
01/03/2017

Centre du Mali: Enjeux et dangers d'une crise négligée

OCHA

31/10/2016

Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017: Mali

International Crisis Group

06/07/2016

Mali central: la fabrique d'une insurrection?

Institute for Security Studies

17/06/2016

Armed groups in Mali: Beyond the labels

Clingendael Research Institute

31/12/2015

Fix the Unfixable - Dealing With a Full-Blown Crisis and Instability: How to Bring Greater Stability to the Sahel?

International Crisis Group

15/12/2015

Mali: Peace From Below?