Education, health and sustainability actions in Mali

Education - health and sustainability actions in Mali

The local Malian NGO AFAD, an Earth Charter Affiliate, works hand in hand with local governments to foster education for women and children, health, and sustainable practices. Based on human rights principles, they create democratic opportunities and spaces in which elected officials must render an account of their governance in their respective municipalities.

The lack of transparency and accountability lies at the heart of many governance issues in Mali, and these values stand at the core of the organization’s mission. In this respect, AFAD initiated an Earth Charter campaign in different regions and areas of the country to raise awareness of ethical and environmental values.

So far, several communities have endorsed the Charter and committed to aligning their actions and projects with the framework provided by the Earth Charter principles.

AFAD also assists people with HIV and has created several small associations that provide medical support and legal advice. Another field of action concerns sustainable agriculture: AFAD distributes more resistant seeds and materials that protect soils and increase production.

Overall, AFAD’s goal is to improve the living conditions of the poorest and most vulnerable populations to better respect their dignity.