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Three international civil society organisations, The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and the Human Security Collective (HSC) have jointly commenced a project on November 1, 2013 aimed at enhancing human security in Mali.
 
The project which is titled "Civil Society for a Human Security Strategy in Mali", and funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), seeks to facilitate the development of comprehensive human security approaches by Malian civil society, to deal with the complex peace and security issues in the country.
Whereas the military intervention led by France to dislodge the extremists in Northern Mali and the deployment of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) are important, the three organisations believe that much attention has been focused on militarisation of the peace process.  
 
The emphasis on military intervention and peacekeeping has the likelihood of diminishing the focus on long term processes that are needed to deal adequately with the underlying and root causes of the crisis.  The absence of social cohesion impedes a collective approach to overcome the multiple conflicts in Mali. 
This is why the military intervention has to be complemented by a plan for inclusive dialogue towards a political transition and stabilization of the South and the North of Mali. The project is based on civil society's important role in supporting mediation efforts, fostering resilient societies and countering violent extremism through a human security approach.

While the overall goal of the project is to contribute to human security and sustainable peacebuilding efforts in Mali, WANEP, GPPAC and HSC have set the following key objectives:
  • to support a strong, vibrant Malian civil society network that mobilizes a critical mass around the issues of human security and peacebuilding;
  • to enable network members formulate and upscale a human security strategy for Mali that is gender-sensitive, feasible, and pays attention to the structural causes of the conflict;
  • to strengthen good practices on countering violent extremism through human security approaches
  • to ensure the international community, including regional bodies, engages with civil society for the development of security policies

We believe that meaningful intervention to resolve the crisis in Mali is only possible if a platform for multi-level dialogue addressing the underlying root causes of the conflict is developed, sustained by communities in Mali and supported by other stakeholders. 

The project will be implemented from November 2013, until October 2016.
 

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This project is implemented with funding from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

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