Launch of One Health Plateform in Mali

 Embassy of the United States in Mali Press Release No: BAM2018-011 ENG Bamako, Mali, June 28, 2018 Bamako, Mali – On June 21, 2018, the U.S. government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Malian government reinforced their long-standing partnership in the health sector with the launch of the “One Health ...
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Self-Help: Notification of Funding Opportunity

Notification of Funding Opportunity The U.S. Embassy announces an open competition for local organizations to submit applications to carry out projects addressing Mali’s economic growth that prioritize environmental protection, education, market gardening and youth entrepreneurship. The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program is a grass-roots grant assistance program that allows U.S. Ambassadors to support local requests ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity: Public Affairs Section Annual Program Statement

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY BAMAKO, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION Notice of Funding Opportunity  Funding Opportunity Title:             U.S. Embassy Bamako PAS Annual Program Statement Funding Opportunity Number:      PAS- SML20018GR0006 Deadline for Applications:               Rolling Basis until September 1, 2018, see Section D, Item 4 for reviewing deadlines CFDA Number:                                19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity: Community-Based Activities to Build Civil Society and Youth Capacity

Funding Opportunity Title:             Community-Based Activities to Build Civil Society and Youth Capacity through Cultural Preservation and Inclusive Community Workshops Funding Opportunity Number:       SML20018GR0005 Deadline for Applications:                August 20, 2018; 5:30PM GMT CFDA Number:                                19.222 Total Amount Available:                  $350,000     PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy in Mali of the U.S. Department of ...
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New USAID Mission Director Scott Dobberstein Takes Oath of Office in Bamako, Mali –Remarks

USAID Mission Director Mali Scott Dobberstein U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali May 9, 2018 Awou ni sogoma ! (Good morning!) Thank you very much Ambassador Folmsbee and USAID Mali’s Deputy Anne Williams for your kind words and for presiding over this swearing in ceremony.    I feel privileged to be serving with an Ambassador, who is passionate ...
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USAID’s New Mission Director in Mali Takes Oath 

BAMAKO – Scott Dobberstein took his oath of office as the USAID Mission Director for Mali May 9, and spoke about the importance of decentralization for good governance, and the need to promote peace and stability so that development can take place. United States Ambassador to Mali Paul Folmsbee, administered the oath of office for ...
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U.S. Embassy Speaker Program Celebrates Black History Month by Exploring Non-Violence

U.S. Embassy Speaker Program Celebrates Black History Month by Exploring Non-Violence during the Civil Rights Movement February 15 – The U.S. Embassy in Mali celebrated Black History Month with U.S. Speaker and author Eddy Harris, who discussed tactics of non-violence and passive resistance in the U.S. Civil Rights movement in the 1950’s and 60’s.  The ...
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U.S. Embassy Bamako’s “I Have a Dream” Symposium with Mali’s English Teacher Training College

January 16, 2018   In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday and in advance of February’s Black History Month, the U.S. Embassy partnered with Mali’s Teacher Training College (ENSup) to commemorate King’s historic “I Have a Dreamspeech .  Consular Chief Andrew Partin gave a talk on King’s iconic speech at the Lincoln Memorial for the 1963 March on ...
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Speakers and Movies Schedule

Bamako American Center Speakers Speaker Profession or Affiliation Date Topic U.S. Embassy Representative 03/05/2018 Kassogue Benjamin Maiga Amadou 03/19/2018 Keita Mohamed Fulbright foreign Student 03/19/2018 Fulbright application Process Magassouba Youssouf Professor/ Fulbright Alumni 04/09/2018 Essay writing Tamboura Moussa B TEA 04/16/2018 New Technologies Sangho Fatoumata Amadou MWF /YALI /GES 04/23/2018 Leadership  Togola Komba dite Fatoumata IVLP 05/07/2018 ...
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U.S. Marines in Mali Bring Holiday Joy to Kids with Special Needs in Faladje, Bamako

In celebration of the 2017 holiday season, the U.S. Embassy Mali’s United States Marine Corps detachment donated toys and clothing at the the Housna Ka So Center for special-needs children in the Faladje neighborhood in Bamako.  During their visit to the Housna Center, the Marines played basketball, legos and worked on art projects and played ...
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Malian Prime Minister Meets with Ambassador Paul Folmsbee

U.S. Ambassador Paul A. Folmsbee met with the newly-appointed Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga on January 3 in Bamako. This meeting was an opportunity for the two personalities to discuss security, the peace process, and U.S. assistance to Mali. “We are a big partner of Mali and we are here to help Mali. The ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY Bamako Notice of Funding Opportunity Funding Opportunity Title: Post Bamako: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small and Large Grants Deadline for Applications:  January 22, 2018, 0800 Local Time in Bamako CFDA Number: 19.025 Total Amount Available: NA Program Description The Public Affairs Section of the U.S Embassy ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Greg Garland Launches workshop on Food Security

Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Greg Garland and Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdoulaye Diop, co-chaired the opening ceremony of a three-day workshop on the Global Strategy for Food Security from USAID on October 18 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako. Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdoulaye Diop urged the Malian stakeholders to ...
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Call for Applications – Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES)

NICER Mali (iEARN-MALI)  in collaboration with U.S. Embassy in Mali is seeking to recruit qualified Malian students for YES program for the academic year 2018-2019. This program provides scholarships for high school students (ages 15-17 years) to spend up to one academic year as an exchange student in the United States. Students live with host families, ...
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Trump honors African Americans

February is National African American History Month. President Trump issued the following proclamation to commemorate the role African Americans have played in U.S. history: NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As we celebrate National African American History ...
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Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Visits Mali

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, recently visited Mali for three-days.  A/S Thomas-Greenfield met with the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Mali to discuss issues of security, peace and bilateral cooperation between the United States and Mali.  She participated in the closing ceremony of the Camp-ADA (Association for the Development ...
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Family Planning National Campaign Launching Ceremony

USAID’s Acting Director participated in the official launch of the 12th edition of the national campaign for family planning in the municipality of Karan, in the Koulikoro region.  She was accompanied by the First Lady, Ms. Aminata Maiga Keita as well as authorities of the Koulikoro region and other government officials.  Our USAID director commended ...
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U.S. commits to building capacity of Special Forces of the Police

The Malian Ministry of Defense and the Embassy of the United States in Mali recently agreed to enter into a three-year partnership to build the capacity of the special forces of the police. Through this partnership, the special forces of the police will be trained in advanced combat tactics abroad and will also benefit from ...
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Ambassador Folmsbee participates in the signing ceremony of AWEP agreement

Ambassador Folmsbee attended the signing of an agreement between the Bank of Africa and the African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP). He highlighted the potential of this agreement to increase women’s contribution to Mali’s economic growth. Under this unique agreement, the Bank of Africa is providing a 500 million CFA loan to AWEP’s members. The agreement ...
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Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

We are proud two have two Malian teachers participating in the “Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program”.  This year two teachers from Mali are participating in this seminar which is designed to bring teachers from many different countries together in the USA to learn and exchange best practices in the teaching of English and the social ...
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Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon visits Mali

We were proud to recently welcome Ambassador Thomas Shannon, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs to Mali. The position of Under Secretary is the third-highest ranked position in the U.S. State Department.  Ambassador Shannon was just appointed as Under Secretary on February 12, 2016 and Mali was one of the countries he visited ...
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International Women’s Day #8Mars

Did you know that March 8th is International Women’s Day?  This year, the U.S. Embassy will recognize the talented Malian women we have had the honor to work with on our exchange programs, educational initiatives and other development projects in the last year.  We are proud of their accomplishments in their communities and proud to ...
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Malian Air Force Pilot departs for the USA

Ambassador Folmsbee met this week with Captain Issa Tangara, a Pilot with the Malian Air Force just before his departure for the USA to attend six months of English language training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas followed by an 18 month scholarship to the Aviation Leadership Program and Flight School at Maxwell Air ...
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Remarks By President Obama At Closing Session Of Sustainable Development Goals Summit

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AT CLOSING SESSION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS SUMMIT General Assembly Hall United Nations New York, New York 3:04 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon.  Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen.  It is a great honor to be here to address the topic of sustainable development. In many of our ...
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Graduation Ceremony for English Language Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the students who just completed their English language studies as part of a cooperative scholarship between the US Embassy in Bamako and IHEM/CEFLA – Bamako, CITRACO in Sikasso and the Lycée Abdoul Karim Camara in Ségou.  The Malian alumni of our Youth Leadership Program followed up their three-week trips to the U.S. with ...
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The U.S. National Institutes of Health hosted its 3rd West African Regional Workshop on Malaria Control and Elimination.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health hosted its 3rd West African Regional Workshop on Malaria Control and Elimination at the University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako. The participants came from Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon and several ECOWAS countries, including Mali and the instructors came from the U.S. National Institute of Health, Walter ...
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USAID congratulates the third cohort of the Out-of-School Youth Program (PAJE-Nieta)

On August 6, Ambassador Paul Folmsbee and the Malian Minister of Employment, Vocational Training, Youth and Civic Education, Mahamane Baby, celebrated the end-of training cycle of the third cohort of the USAID-funded Out-of-School Youth project also known as PAJE-Nièta (Projet d’Appui aux Jeunes Entrepreneurs). With the support of 309 Malian volunteers who served with the ...
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Remarks by President Obama in Kenya

President Obama’s Speech in Kenya July 26, 2015  REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMATO THE KENYAN PEOPLE  Safaricom Indoor ArenaNairobi, KenyaQuotes AFRICAN-LED SUCCESS When I first came to sub-Saharan Africa as President, I made clear my strong belief that the future of Africa is up to Africans.  For too long, I think that many looked to the outside for ...
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Ambassador Paul Folmsbee wishes peaceful Ramadan to Muslims of Mali

Recognizing the important role of charity in the holy month of Ramadan, Ambassador Folmsbee officially launched the American Embassy’s annual donation of rice and sugar to local mosques and charitable organizations during a visit to the High Islamic Council of Mali in Bamako.  Ambassador Folmsbee met with the President of the Executive Board to present ...
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Ambassador Folmsbee Helps Open USAID-Supported Regional Agriculture Forum

Monday June 15 – The U.S. Ambassador Paul A. Folmsbee along with PM Modibo Keita chaired the opening ceremony of a High Level Regional Forum on Climate-Smart Agriculture in West Africa. The USAID-supported regional forum seeks to facilitate a collective reflection on opportunities, issues, challenges and strategic choices related to the development of Climate-Smart Agriculture ...
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PAS Introduces Young Arabic-speaking Muslims to Entrepreneurship

As part of U.S. Embassy Bamako’s program to help build economic opportunity and strengthen its ties with Mali’s Muslim and Arabic-speaking communities, the Public Affairs Section, in conjunction with the Union of Young Malian Muslims (UJMMA) hosted an entrepreneurship workshop in Ségou, Mali. The Embassy arranged for Zeena Amer Altalib, an Iraqi-American entrepreneur, to travel ...
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Ambassador Folmsbee Engages with the Government of Mali to kick off Mosquito Bed net mass distribution campaign in Bamako

On June 6, just three days after presenting his credentials as the U.S. Ambassador to Mali, Ambassador Paul Folmsbee had his first public engagement with the Government of Mali. He joined the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene to kick-off, on behalf of countries contributing to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ...
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U.S. Chargé Andrew Young kicks off the National Campaign for Family Planning Promotion alongside Minister of Health

The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Andrew Young, alongside with the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene Ousmane Koné, kicked off the 11th Edition of the National Campaign for the Promotion of Family Planning (FP) Thursday at the site of the  “Youth Project” in Sogoniko, commune VI, District of Bamako. The theme of this edition is: “Family ...
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U.S. Chargé Andrew Young Challenges GOM Spokespeople to Rally Broad Support to Peace Agreement

At the close of a four-day skills-building workshop on April 30 for 30 government spokespeople on Strategic communication, the U.S. Chargé Andrew Young recalled the role of communication in a democracy and challenged participants to rally broad support for the peace process. The workshop sought to help the Malian government spokespersons prepare senior officials for ...
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Charge Andrew Young Distributes Peace Accord to Malian Press

The U.S. Chargé Andrew Young on April 30 distributed 100 copies of the peace agreement in six languages to Maison de la Presse. The translations are in Bambara, Fulani, Songhai and Tamasheq. The distribution ceremony took place at Maison de la Presse before six dozen journalists during a ceremony marking International Press Freedom Day. The ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary Meets with President IBK

Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa and sub-Saharan African Economic Policy Issues Bisa Williams met April 21 with Malian President Ibrahima Boubacar Keita.  Their discussions included strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. Speaking to press after the presidential meeting, DAS Williams stressed the importance of peace and United States’ support of the current peace ...
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DAS Williams Launches Resource Center in Mopti

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Bisa Williams participated in the inauguration of l’Association pour la Promotion de La Femme et de L’Enfant Au Mail’s (APROFEM) new resource center in Mopti on April 20,2015.  APROFEM is a recipient of a nearly 122 million CFA grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa, Women, Peace ...
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AFRICOM’s General Rodriguez Meets with President IBK

General Rodriguez, Commander of United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM), met with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita  on Tuesday, March 10,  to discuss common defense and security concerns. General Rodriguez acknowledged that Mali had made significant progress toward securing a lasting peace in the North. He saluted those efforts and in particular the efforts to negotiate a ...
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Chargé Andrew Young Inaugurates USAID-Funded Cereals Factory

The U.S. Chargé Andrew Young alongside the First Lady of Mali and the Minister for the Promotion of Women, Children and Families inaugurated a cereals factory (Danaya Céréales) that USAID helped finance with a $152,530 contribution from its Integrated Initiatives for Economic Growth in Mali (IICEM) project. Danaya Cereals is a women-owned, women-run Malian agricultural ...
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DVC on Communication Strategy for Government Officials

Eleven government spokespersons from 11 different Malian government ministries participated in a workshop  via DVC with ARS Paris on government communication.  Specific issues focused on the role of a press office, crisis communication, staying on messages, responding to difficult questions, coaching/preparing senior government officials for interviews, and forming communication strategies. The training was the second ...
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Six Peace Corps Volunteers Swear In

On February 19, 2015, a group of six Peace Corps Volunteers took their oaths of office, bringing to 19 the total number of Volunteers in Mali since restoration of the program in September 2014.  The Volunteers will serve as Water/Sanitation/Nutrition Volunteers and Small Enterprise Development Volunteers during their year of service and will serve in ...
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Embassy Bamako Hones Skills of Thirteen Journalists on Ebola Reporting

Thirteen Bamako-based journalists participated in an online workshop on Wednesday to hone their reporting skills on Ebola.  The workshop began with a video featuring remarks from representatives of the Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and the United States Agency for International Development. In an interactive session following the video, participants from across ...
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Embassy Bamako and High Islamic Council Come Together to Fight Ebola

Partnering with the High Islamic Council, Embassy Bamako supported the launch a national awareness Ebola campaign targeting Imams throughout Mali. The HIC will train one thousand Imams who will then educate their local communities on appropriate behavior to combat the spread of Ebola. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public ...
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USG Supports Women’s Equal Participation in Peace-building Process

The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Andrew Young, helped open a roundtable of five dozen technical and financial partners on November 26 to implement activities to enhance women’s equal participation in the peace-building process, provide relief and recovery services to survivors of gender-based violence, and advocate for equitable access to humanitarian assistance. The Chargé reaffirmed the United ...
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YALI Alumni Host Radio Program

Alumni of the Washington Mandela Fellowship Program for young African leaders recently discussed their experiences as Fellows with local radio stations.  The deadline for the 2015 program recently passed and Malian Fellows were instrumental in spreading information to potential applicants.  During the next two months, the Embassy will be reviewing applications before interviewing finalists.  Stay ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Andrew Young Visits Timbuktu

Chargé d’Affaires Andrew Young visited Timbuktu on November 15 to reinforce partnerships with Timbuktu and underscore the United States’ commitment to supporting Mali and all its people in their quest to find a durable peace. During his visit, the Chargé made courtesy calls on the Governor, the Imam of the Grand Mosque of Timbuktu (Djingareyber), ...
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M4P Launches First Training

After the official launch of the program Mediators for Peace (M4P) on October 18, training sessions for participants began on November 15.  Participating in the first training were Prime Minister Moussa Mara, U.S. Embassy Representative Bill Bellis, CNJ President Mohamed Salia Touré, and Youth Chamber International President Didi Diallo, as well as directors of other ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Ebola Video Conference on Covering Ebola Responsibly

U.S. Embassy Bamako, in cooperation with the State Department’s African Regional Services (ARS), hosted a digital video conference with 12 journalists from leading Malian media outlets on November 12.  Led by Ilan Moss, an American communications expert, the group examined how to provide responsible media coverage of the Ebola outbreak, how to source stories on ...
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PDAS Jackson Defines U.S. Goals for Mali

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Jackson was the featured speaker at a press round table to discuss U.S./Mali relations and current challenges in the country. A dozen leading media outlets attended the roundtable. PDAS Jackson used this opportunity to reiterate the United States’ commitment to assisting the Government of Mali to promote democratic institutions, to develop ...
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USAID Promotes Hygiene and Sanitation through an Innovative Approach

From September 25- 27, USAID/Mali Director Gary Juste embarked on a series of certifications of the first villages to achieve Open Defecation Free status, an innovative approach to managing water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. Known as WASHplus, the program is funded by the United States Government via USAID and implemented through CARE International and Malian ...
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College Week Live Viewing Party

The Educational Advising Center hosted a viewing party for the College Week Live online fair for eight students.  The event was organized by various American colleges and universities. This online fair showcased U.S. colleges and universities and helped the participating Malians students learn more about American educational institutions and their admission procedures, as well as ...
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Mediators for Peace: Ségou Launches Its Program

On September 9, the union of medersas teachers of Segou, in cooperation with the Embassy of the United States of America in Mali, launched a three-day skills-building training program for local civic education teachers at area Quoranic schools.  This program is part of a larger project sponsored by the Department of State and being implemented ...
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Building Civ-Mil Cooperation and Dialogue

U.S. Ambassador to Mali Mary Beth Leonard helped close a four-day program on Thursday which sought to improve understanding and cooperation between the civilian and military sectors of Malian society.  The seminar on civil-military relations took place August 18-21, and was hosted by the Peacekeeping School of Bamako.  More than three dozen participants completed the ...
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Book donation national library

Charge D’affaires Andrew Young donated over 200 books at a presentation ceremony to the National Library of Mali on July 25.  The Minister of Culture of Mali, Ramatoulaye Diallo Ndiaye accepted the books on behalf of the Library.  The books are published by Nouveaux Horizons (NH) (the publishing arm of the U.S. Department of State’s ...
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U.S. Supports Reconciliation Efforts in Mali

To support national reconciliation in Mali, the United States is supporting a campaign called ”#EnsembleNousSommesUnPeuple.”  This campaign, being implemented by 36 Malian organizations in conjunction with USAID, includes many activities to raise awareness about reconciliation efforts. One such activity organized by the local NGO Convergence Nationale pour le Developpement (CONADE) is the screening of World ...
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English Language Fellow Introduces National Teacher Organization to TEDTalks

As part of Mission Bamako’s efforts to enhance English teaching and improve the quality of education, the Public Affairs Section, in partner with Malian Association of Teachers of English ( MATE), hosted  a two-day symposium for English teachers from throughout the country.  The guest speaker at the conference as Dakar-based English Language Fellow Jenna Thompson,  ...
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USG and Partners Celebrate Accomplishments and Closure of Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program

On June 05, 2014, Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard along with USAID and its partners celebrated the accomplishments and closure of the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program. Since August 2010, the program, implemented by Save the Children International and Population Services International, has helped to reduce maternal and infant mortality.  The program touched more than ...
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USG Support Food Security with Grants

The U.S. Ambassador to Mali chaired a ceremony on May 30 marking the launching of the implementation of 14 grant projects worth $420,000, from the Food for Progress fund, to support food security in Mali. The 14 projects will help to ensure food security in 33 villages in seven regions of Mali and the District ...
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Bring Back our Girls

In an effort to condemn the tragic abduction of 276 school girls from Chibok, Nigeria and raise a collective voice to demand — #BringBackOurGirls, USAID provided 300 red t-shirts to the Bamako Embassy community Friday May 16. Around 200 Embassy staff including Ambassador Leonard and the DCM gathered outside the entrance to the Chancery for ...
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Distribution Campaign of Treated Mosquito Nets Launched

On April 5, the U.S. Embassy, in collaboration with the National Program for Combating Malaria in Mali (NPCMM), launched a mass distribution campaign for mosquito nets treated with long-lasting insecticide.  This donation of mosquito nets is part of the support the U.S. Government offers to Mali in its battle against malaria.  The donation is the ...
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U.S. and Malian Officials Visit Young Entrepreneurs Project

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Andrew Young, USAID Assistant Administrator Eric Postel, USAID Mission Director Gary Juste and Malian Minister of Employment and Vocational Training Mahamane Baby visit the Young Entrepreneurs Project in Koyena (Sikasso region) on March 28.  The project aims to provide 10,000 Malian youth in rural areas with basic education ...
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U.S. and Malian Officials Visit USAID Out-of-School Youth Poject

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Andrew Young, USAID Mission Director Gary Juste, USAID Assistant Administrator Eric Postel and Malian Minister of Employment and Vocational Training Mahamane Baby visited the USAID Out-of-School Youth project in Koyena (Sikasso region) on March 28.  The project aims to provide 10,000 Malian youth in rural areas with basic ...
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Ambassador Leonard Signs Grant Agreements Marking Important Step in Resumption of Full Cooperation

U.S. Ambassador to Mali Mary Beth Leonard, USAID Mission-Mali Director Gary Juste, and Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Zahabi Ould Sidi Mohamed signed three protocols for amending grant agreements between the Governments of Mali and the United States of America on Monday. The new protocols allow the U.S. to increase its financial ...
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Veterinary Readiness Training Exercise Kicks Off

U.S. Ambassador to Mali Mary Beth Leonard kicked off the Veterinary Readiness Training Exercise (VETRETE) on February 19 in Siby. The training was provided by the U.S. military veterinarians to their Malian military colleagues on vaccinating and de-worming  lambs and sheep for local Malian farmers. The exercise involved a U.S. Civil-Military Affairs Team, Malian Armed ...
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USG Grantee Promotes Unity and Peace with Religious Leaders

On February 19, 2014, as part of its Unity and Peace Messaging Campaign funded through the U.S. government’s Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Partnership, grantee Spirit-McCann conducted an interfaith dialogue workshop to bring religious leaders to discuss abuses by extremist groups during the occupation of two-thirds of Mali’s territory. The workshop was conducted by the Malian Association for ...
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Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard Visits Ouelessebougou

U.S. Ambassador to Mali Mary Beth Leonard visited the town of Ouelessebougou on Tuesday. This trip was at the invitation of the town’s Mayor, Yeah Samake, and sought to strengthen ties between the United States and the municipality. In his welcome address, the mayor praised the cooperation between the American people and the citizens of ...
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PAS Civic Education Program in Kayes

A team from the Embassy Public Affairs Section, accompanied with Arabic author Ibrahima Ongoiba, travelled to Kayes from February 10 to 14, 2014. Mr. Ongoiba conducted a three-day-seminar with Arabic Teachers in Kayes on how to best use the Civic Education books he wrote for Medersa students. He also conducted live discussion sessions with hundreds ...
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U.S. Ambassador Underscores Need for National Reconciliation While Celebrating Return of the Festival on the Niger

U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard helped mark the return of the Festival on the Niger to Segou after it was suspended last year because of the events of 2012.  Speaking at the premier of three short documentaries on reconciliation efforts, Ambassador Leonard called on Malians “to turn the page on the difficult events of the ...
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U.S. Embassy Grantee Continues Documentation of Mali’s Rich Musical Culture

Work continues on the Ambassador’s Cultural Preservation program being conducted by Instruments for Africa (I4A).  The organization was most recently in Diamou, located in the Region of Sikasso, to record the festival of Soli, a celebration related to a boy’s transition into adult male society (usually between the ages of 15-17).  Participants in the ceremony ...
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USUN Ambassador Samantha Power Discusses Challenges with Malian Civil Society Leaders

On February 3 U.S. United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power met with Malian civil society activists.   Before their discussion, however, she read a statement and took questions from both local and international media.    In her remarks she strongly complimented Mali on its turnaround since the events of 2012 and noted that “today, there is new hope, ...
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Civic Education Program Launched in Sikasso; Kayes and Segou to Follow

Following the restoration of a democratically elected government in Mali, Embassy Bamako’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) marked the week of January 27 with the full return of programming to the country’s regions.  Over the next six weeks, PAS employees will be conducting a series of civic education workshops in three regional capitals – Sikasso, Kayes ...
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NIH Kicks Off Workshop on Protozoan Pathogens

(Monday, January 6, 2014)  At the opening ceremony of the Second West African Regional Workshop on Protozoan Pathogens, U.S. Ambassador to Mali Mary Beth Leonard recalled the “excellent collaboration between the United States Government and that of Mali.”  The workshop will focus on the effects of these pathogens on pregnancies.  The Ambassador noted that it ...
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