Our work in
Our work in
Political unrest and insecurity in Mali in recent years has made radio an even more critical source of information and dialogue, as internal conflict often results in reduced public services. Working in Mali remains a challenge due to security concerns, but we are proud to have maintained our presence there since 2007. In fact, Bamako is home to our longest-operating francophone office.
A large country with a relatively small, highly dispersed population, Mali has a radio landscape characterized by many small, local and community-oriented stations. It is home to one of our favourite projects in our history: a reality radio series called FarmQuest that saw six young farmers compete to be named their region’s best new farmer.
7.8 million potential listeners
By combining radio coverage maps with population density information, we estimate that our partner stations in Mali have a combined potential audience of more than 7.8 million people.
175th on the Human Development Index
18,541,980 total population
59% rural population
58% employment in agriculture
1.8% rural access to electricity
22% women’s literacy rate
Source: UNDP, World Bank
Millet, sorghum, rice, maize, wheat, barley, cowpea, groundnut
Our work in Mali
93 Broadcasting partners
1991 First broadcasting partner joined
2007 Country office opened
2007 First radio project
Project broadcast languages
Français, Bamanankan (Bambara), Sonhai