Since 2008, DVV International has been involved in Mali and supports model basic education projects for young people and adults, contributes to the strengthening of partner organisations and maintains a policy dialogue in the interest of adult education. Since 2011, the West Africa regional office, which formerly had its headquarters in Guinea, has been based in Mali.
DVV International gives technical and financial assistance toward a continuous policy dialogue between civil society and government partners. Thus the form and content of lifelong learning will be developed together and contribute to improving the living conditions of the people as well as the development prospects.
Given the ongoing decentralisation process and the increasing responsibility of local authorities, it is especially necessary to develop local demand-oriented educational programmes in remote rural areas. They must be taken into account in the national literacy programme, in the local development plans, and above all they must find adequate funding.
The main focal points of the work in Mali result from:
As part of a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Education, the Mali office supports the state agencies that deal with non-formal education and adult education and the eight non-governmental partners that implement grassroots projects in various regions. These link literacy with the Paolo Freire inspired REFLECT method (Regenerated Freirian Literacy through Empowering Community Techniques), income-generating activities, community support, civics and vocational training. Moreover, DVV International works with two national networks in Mali, Yelen Bulon and Pamoja Mali, who constantly and nationally promote the qualification of their member organisations and their professionals, but also do lobbying work for adult education. The technical-topical and managerial skills of governmental and nongovernmental partners are being continuously improved through training and specialist consultation.