A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
The 2013 elections helped to restore constitutional order in Mali and marked the start of a period of hope for peace, stability and development. The challenge is now to respond to the Malian people's desire for improved governance.
This briefing note, based on the experiences of Oxfam and its Malian civil society partners, calls on the new government to ensure:
- Equitable development across all regions of the country;
- Increased citizen participation, in particular women's political participation;
- Improved access to justice;
- The promotion of national reconciliation.
It also calls on the UN mission and international donors to fund and protect this work, and to ensure that results are recorded in a transparent and accountable way.