Oxfam reaction to Mali donors’ conference

In reaction to today’s international donors’ conference for the reconstruction of Mali [May 15, 2013], in Brussels, Marietou Diaby, Oxfam’s Country Director, said:

"These generous pledges to help Mali are very welcome. But they need to be seen as a down payment not a one-off cheque. Donors must now support a new development contract between the people of Mali and their government which tackles poverty, corruption and inequality - issues that lie at the heart of the crisis. As we have seen in Afghanistan and Somalia long-term peace cannot be achieved without a sustained commitment both within the country and within the international community."

Notes to Editors
International development and humanitarian agency Oxfam launched today a new report called “Mali: A New Development Contract” looking at the country’s development challenges and providing concrete recommendations to the Malian government and the international community on how to address them.

Contact information: 
  • Brussels: Angela Corbalan on +32473562260 or angela.corbalan@oxfaminternational.org
  • Paris: Pierre Motin on +33612126394 or pmotin@oxfamfrance.org 
  • Mali: Habibatou Gologo on +22366752553 or HGologo@oxfam.org.uk 
  • Dakar: Marie Balde +221772901832 or mbalde@oxfam.org.uk