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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Mali

23 Feb 2021

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Internally displaced people in Mopti, Mali (2019). © OCHA Mali/Katy Thiam

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 23 February 2021

Mali

The UN, its humanitarian partners and the Malian Government launched yesterday the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan for Mali, seeking US$563 million to assist 4.7 million people in immediate need. That is 1.1 million people more than last year.

The plan aims to save lives, offer protection to those affected by the crisis, and strengthen their resilience.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Mali, Mbaranga Gasarabwe, urged the relevant parties to address the needs of affected communities adequately. She stressed the importance of increasing funding and having timely financial contributions to assist populations in need and strengthen their resilience to shocks.

In 2020, violence and insecurity have spread from the north to the central regions and across the border into Niger and Burkina Faso. Growing instability has led to a new surge in internal displacement. More than 330,000 people are displaced within the country, four times more than in early 2019.

Last year, the Response Plan was funded at 48 per cent. Nevertheless, the UN, along with its humanitarian partners, reached 2.6 million people in need by end of the year.