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Mali

131 activities implemented, 3875 beneficiaries reached 

About Mali

Population (2017): 18,541,980

Population growth (annual %): 3.0

GDP (2017): 15,334,336,140

GDP growth (annual %): 5.4

Life expectancy at birth: 58

Fertility rate, total (births per woman): 6.1

(World Bank Data 2017)

Mali and the Sahel Programme

Since its inception, the Sahel Programme and its partners have implemented 131 activities in Mali reaching over 3875 beneficiaries, 12.46 of which were women.

Through its partnership with UNODC's Sahel Programme, Mali has achieved notable results including:

  • With the support of UNODC, Malian institutions such as the Central Office for Narcotics (OCS) and the Mobile Intervention Brigade (BMI) achieved positive results in their fight against fraudulent medicine and drugs: For the past 3 years, the total amount of seized fraudulent medicine by the BMI adds up to 19.88 tons. In 2018 alone, 1,8 tons were seized (by the BMI) while the amount in 2017 alone is 9,6 tons representing over 7 million pills. Read More


  • On 28 February 2018, the teams in charge of cargo at Bamako airport, seized 4,650kg of methamphetamine being transported to Malaysia via France by a Nigerian national. On 9 March 2018, the OCS (Office Central des Stupéfiants), Mali's centralized drug control institution, arrested a Guinean national carrying 170 cartons of Tramadol containing 70,000 tablets. The suspect was presented to the prosecutor for trafficking in illegal substances three days later. This seizure comes less than three months after the UNODC sounded the alarm on the increase in trafficking and consumption of tramadol and its security and health implications. UNODC supports Malian authorities through several training courses on general knowledge on drugs and dissimulation methods of traffickers. In addition to control operations, Malian authorities in charge of drug-related crime also conduct awareness-raising activities.


  • In June 2017, officers from the Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) of Bamako airport seized over 10kg of heroin concealed in two pieces of luggage that belonged to an inbound female passenger. The Bamako JAITF has been established and trained since 2014 with UNODC support, in the framework of its Airport Communication Programme (AIRCOP), implemented in partnership with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and Interpol. In late June 2017, the Malian Police anti-drug squad (Brigade des Stupéfiants) seized over 100kg of cannabis. The drug was concealed in wooden doors, set to be shipped to Dakar, Senegal. Since 2014, in the framework of its Sahel Programme, UNODC has implemented 87 activities in Mali which benefited to 2.853 law enforcement and justice officials. Several of these activities arise from UNODC's partnership with UNPOL and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) from the Department of Peace Keeping Operations. Among these 87 trainings, UNODC has organized 10 sessions on investigation and drug identification techniques that were delivered to the law enforcement entities involved in the aforementioned seizures. Read More
  • In late October 2016, Malian authorities arrested the kingpin behind an international drug trafficking network operating in Mali. The arrest - carried outside the mosque where the imam-turned-drug lord had just finished reciting the Friday morning prayer - was made possible through cooperation and information exchange between law enforcement agencies in the region, which UNODC had facilitated. This represents one of the first operations in Mali that result in dismantling an international drug trafficking network.


  • In early 2017, Malian law enforcement authorities dismantled criminal networks operating in the capital, Bamako, following the delivery of operational equipment by UNODC to the Malian Ministry of Internal Security and Civil Protection, and the provision of specialized training.

Key activities implemented in Mali through the Sahel Programme include:

  • In October 2018, in the framework of the UNODC GLO.ACT project, a training and awareness workshop for community leaders was organized in Bamako, Mali. The training brought together 40 participants, including 14 women, from all regions of Mali (Koulikoro, Sikasso, Segou, Mopti, Gao, Timbuktu and Bamako) to raise awareness and promote their inclusion in national efforts to control trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. The objective of the session was for traditional leaders to be able to transmit their acquired knowledge through local level meetings and promote safer migration options to combat the smuggling of migrants. Read More


  • UNODC organized a training workshop for police officers in Ségou, Mali in May 2018, to train law enforcement officers in the rapid detection of drugs and related substances by using a detection kit provided by UNODC, and to familiarize them with trafficking in counterfeit medicines as well as medicines diverted from their intended uses. This training was organized into three parts including a theoretical section where the participants had access to general information on the drugs as well as on the basic principles of the test kits, a practical part where the participants carried out tests themselves, and a section on terrorism and organized crime that examined the interaction between prison administrations and prisoners in the context of radicalization. Read More
  • In February 2018, UNODC through its Global Programme against Money Laundering (GPML) organized a workshop in Mali that focused on helping law enforcement agencies better understand the links between illicit trafficking and the financing of terrorism. To this end, UNODC has developed a training course on advance financial disruption techniques that looks at how countries can better use Security Council sanctions on terrorist financing as set out in resolution 1267/1988 as part of a wider financial disruption plan. The participants learned how to prepare a designation file for an individual suspected of terrorist financing as well as how to effectively make use of intelligence services to better target terrorist networks' ability to raise, move, use, and store money. Read More