Girls’ and Women’s Education in Mali

Project name :

Empowering girls and young women through education in Mali

Project duration :


Location :

Bamako - Ségou - Mopti - Tombouctou, Mali
The project aims to empower adolescent girls and young women through quality education in conditions of equity to enable them to develop their potential and enjoy better living conditions.


Under the aegis of the Global Partnership for Girls' and Women's Education (Better Life, Better Future), the Joint Programme on the Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women through Education is jointly implemented by UNESCO, UN-Women and UNFPA to promote girls' education and empowerment while strengthening links with the health sector and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030.

Taking place over an initial five-year period (2016-2021), the joint programme targets adolescent girls (10-19 years old) and young women (20-24 years old) whose education and health face significant challenges. Thanks to the generous financial support of US$ 5 million from the Republic of Korea through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the project was implemented in Mali through activities integrating education, health, skills development, technology and women's economic empowerment. Ministries, civil society and other stakeholders are involved in the finalization and implementation of national plans to ensure national ownership of the project.


The steering committee is composed of representatives of the main organizations participating in the project: KOICA, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-Women, the Malian National Commission for UNESCO; the Ministries of National Education; the Promotion of Women, Children and the Family; Vocational Training for Employment; Youth and Citizen Construction; and Health and Public Health. Its role is to provide advice, ensure the successful implementation of the project and the achievement of results.

The technical committee is composed of experts and programme/project specialists from UNESCO, UNFPA, UN Women, and KOICA; representatives of the 5 ministries involved in the project; and specialists from the Malian National Commission for UNESCO. He will be responsible for monitoring all technical aspects of the project during its implementation.


A dynamic and participatory approach is advocated. A focal point is appointed in the 5 ministries involved in the project. National and regional workshops are organized to allow technical exchanges, sharing of experiences and the development of tools. Each agency, according to its mandate, works in concert with its target audience to achieve the expected results. Technical field visits are carried out at the level of each region to assess the effectiveness of the quality implementation of activities.

UNESCO Contacts

Ms. Clarisse NJIKAM
Communication Officer
+223 20 23 34 92/93
+223 66 75 69 76
Mr. Elmehdi AG MUPHTAH
Programme Officer
+223 20 23 34 92/93
+223 73 35 00 76
Mr. Amadou GUITEYE
Deputy Programme Officer
+223 20 23 34 92/93
+223 76 44 74 50

Ms. Fadima GOLOGO Technical Assistant
+223 20 23 34 92/93
+223 72 69 09 00