The Inner Niger Delta (IND) – a key wetland area for Mali’s agriculture populated by around 2 million people living from cattle herding, farming and fishing – is witnessing since 2015 strong inter-communal violence underpinned by the multiplication of jihadist and self-defence armed groups. Access to and competition for natural resources like fishing and grazing grounds are a few of the multiple causes of the ongoing violence.
In this context, the Water, Peace and Security partnership (WPS) – an initiative sponsored by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs – is gathering local actors at the national, regional and local level to better understand and address the connections between variations in the water availability, its related ecosystem services, the livelihoods of different groups of people and grievances that lead to conflict. The WPS Partnership uses various analytical and dialogue tools to advocate for a more inclusive and better-informed water management policy.
Join us on 12 October for a discussion about our approach as this engagement continues to develop and change.