Development Cooperation with Mali

Being a member of the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN) and other international organizations, Lithuania actively contributes to humanitarian and military support to Mali.

Mali is undergoing a profound complex humanitarian crisis due to the political and security situation, the recurrence of droughts, floods, food crises, epidemics and poverty. Mali especially lacks funds for the liquidation of crisis in water, sanitation and hygiene, education and other humanitarian sectors. The poor humanitarian and security situation has led Mali to become a significant source of illegal immigration for migrants on the way to the EU.

Lithuania has allocated humanitarian aid 15 000 euro for Mali in 2018. The funds provided by Lithuania are used by the World Food Program to provide food support.

Lithuania also contributes to the UN's EU Peacekeeping missions in Mali. The purpose of the UN Mission in MINUSMA is to provide support to the Mali Government's forces in the fight against the rebels in the north, as well as to ensure the security of the population, human rights, humanitarian support and secure democratic elections. In this mission, Lithuania increased its contribution from five to thirty-nine soldiers. Since the spring of 2013, Lithuanian soldiers are participating in the Mali EU Training Mission - EUTM Mali. Every year, three Lithuanian soldiers based on rotation, contribute to the preparation of this African state's army.

In 2018, Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced call for the project concept "Lithuanian Support for Migratory Implications for Migration in the Countries of Origin of West Africa". The Aleksandras Stulginskis University won and is carrying out the project "Hydroponic fodder technology for promoting enerpreneurship in Mali", which is intended to support job creation in Mali to stop illegal migration.