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.