FBA new important contributor to Sweden’s development cooperation strategy for Mali

The Swedish government has decided upon a new development cooperation strategy for Mali. The strategy focuses on strengthening democracy, gender equality and human rights in the conflict-ridden country, and the FBA is commissioned to contribute to peacebuilding.

The conflict in Mali escalated in January 2012, when separatists led by the rebel group MNLA launched an armed campaign to free northern Mali from the central government’s control. Tuareg rebels have long been fighting for autonomy for northern Mali, and more recently Islamist groups have also been claiming control over northern parts of the country. A peace agreement between the central government and various rebel groups was signed in June 2015, but nevertheless fighting has continued.

The new strategy for Sweden’s development cooperation with Mali focuses on peacebuilding and statebuilding, and both the FBA and Sida, the Swedish International Development Agency, are commissioned to contribute.

– For the FBA, this is the start of a long-term engagement, with the aim to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions in Mali in order to support security and human rights. It is an important work to be carried out in a challenging environment, says Sven-Eric Söder, Director-General at the FBA.

An average of 240 million SEK per year 2016–2020 is allocated to Mali from the Swedish development cooperation budget; an increase compared with the previous years.

Read more

Besides Mali, the FBA is commissioned to contribute to two other Swedish development aid strategies, the strategy for Liberia and the strategy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Photo: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

MORE FROM HOME

Appreciated training on security sector reform has reached more than 1,000 participants

Instructive and professional. That is how the participants perceive FBA’s trainings on security sector reform. Still, many participants struggle to put their newly-gained knowledge into practice and make a change, according to a recent evaluation. FBA will now focus on creating sustainable results that contribute to change.

2018-05-31 11:36

Latest news

Read our publications

Image description

Una perspectiva de género en la construcción de la paz

This training manual has been developed to provide an introduction in Spanish to the policy framework on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) and its follow-up resolutions on women, peace and security.

Documents
Attributes
Author:
Gabriela Elroy
Year:
2018

IN THE FIELD

THE FBA BLOG

  • Posted by Ludmila Ceban

    Conflict resources and the rule of law

    Over 40 per cent of all intrastate conflicts have a link to natural resources and, while it is not new evidence as such, less than a quarter of peace negotiations actually aim to resolve conflicts by addressing resource management mechanisms. By the same token, links to natural resources are rarely included in the design of peacekeeping operations or even conflict analysis to start with.

    The risks for relapse are furthermore twice as high for conflicts associated with ... Read entire post »

    2018-05-18 14:04
  • Posted by Ben Rhee

    Challenges Forum: A platform for improving peace operations

    Recently I joined the team at the International Secretariat of the Challenges Forum, or to give its full name: The International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations. Challenges Forum, CF for short, is a global partnership of 49 leading organizations and departments working on peace operations, representing 22 countries from across all regions of the global North and South.

    Established in 1996, the aim of CF is to improve peace operations by identifying the critical challenges ... Read entire post »

    2018-05-03 09:11
  • Posted by Markus Derblom

    Time for the Vikings to set sail again

    In just about a week, the Viking-18 exercise will start. In rough figures, around 3000 people (out of which some 300 are civilians), of 60+ nationalities, will meet across nine international sites to do a multinational, joint and civil-military exercise. It is the grand finale of almost two years of hard work by a dedicated group of individuals from many nations and organizations, including FBA, which has the role of facilitating and coordinating the civilian strands ... Read entire post »

    2018-04-10 14:25
Photo

Stefan Åström

Stefan Åström is expert on Latin America and disarmament of ex-combatants

More about our experts

Upcoming courses

Twitter