Mali strategy aligned country


17.6 M
Total population in the country


31 %
Population with access to safely managed and basic service sanitation

drinking water

74 %
Population with access to safely managed and basic service drinking water

child mortality

Diarrhea related under age 5 mortality rate number/1,000 live births

Drinking Water Results

500.9 K
People Gaining Access to Improved Drinking Water due to USG Assistance (FY 2008 - 2016)*

Sanitation Results

529.7 K
People Gaining Access to Improved Sanitation due to USG Assistance (FY 2008 - 2016)*

USAID Region



Mali has a host of development challenges, with 49 percent of the population living below the extreme poverty line and more than 29 percent of the population malnourished. As of 2015, only 31 percent of the rural population had access to improved sanitation, resulting in a high incidence of childhood diarrheal illness and malnutrition. Mali had 74 percent basic water coverage, but continued progress is under threat as the country’s growing population is putting increased pressure on water resources and climate change makes rainfall less predictable.

USAID is addressing sanitation and hygiene challenges through community-led total sanitation initiatives that emphasize social and behavior change communication, promote proper water treatment and storage, and improve access to clean water and sanitation infrastructure. USAID efforts to promote food security include the extension of soil and water conservation practices in agriculture, such as the development of rural small-scale irrigation infrastructure to provide a supplemental water supply during periods of insufficient rainfall. USAID also finances water management projects as part of its global climate change adaptation efforts.

USAID continues to support humanitarian assistance and crisis response in Mali by providing safe drinking water and sanitation infrastructure, while supporting programs that build resilience among food-insecure populations and ensure regular access to safe drinking water. As a result of USAID activities in FY 2016, 49,180 people gained access to improved drinking water services and 164,535 people gained access to improved sanitation services.


Source: USAID Development Experience Clearing House (DEC) and specific water activity websites.  The funding level and start/end date shown here reflect the information available via the DEC or activity website at the time the activity was added to

*Includes access to both basic and safely managed services