Six years after major military operations to liberate portions of central and northern Mali from armed opposition groups, Mali continues to be affected by confrontations between armed groups and inter-community conflicts, which often lead to displacement of populations within the country and across its borders. Mali is also frequently a destination for refugees fleeing zones affected by military operations in neighboring countries. Flooding constitutes an additional threat to lives and livelihoods in parts of central and northern Mali during the July-October rainy season.
Launched in 2016, the Emergency Rapid Response Mechanism (ERRM) Kisili (meaning saving lives in Bambara) is implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and a network of partners made up of local NGOs and Social Development Services of the Malian government. Together they conduct rapid multi-sectoral needs assessments following sudden-onset crises across Mali to facilitate the organization of timely, data-driven humanitarian responses. When no other actor is positioned to quickly respond following a rapid needs assessment, the Kisili project provides life-saving assistance to crisis-affected communities.
Initially funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Kisili expanded the range of assistance it provides to include emergency food assistance in 2017 with the support of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP). In June 2018, OFDA and FFP provided funding for a third phase of Kisili activities, and in April 2019 the third phase was extended through June 2020 in response to an increasing need for rapid response activities in Mali.
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