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Green Communes in Mali: Improving basic sanitation, designing liveable & inclusive cities

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Sustainable Development through a Community Development Process


The Green Commune project supports sustainable development by demonstrating a community development process for improved sanitation in urban and semi-urban areas, with innovations in agriculture and clean energy. The project was initiated by BORDA in Mali in 2016 with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for a period of three years (2016–2018) and renewed in 2019 for another three years (2019–2021).

The project focusses on community actors, grassroots organisations, public and private service providers, and environmental actors to achieve the following project objectives:

  • Promotion and creation of liveable and sustainable green public spaces
  • Improved water availability, affordable and clean energy
  • Adaptation to and mitigation of climate change
  • Promotion of a sustainable economy around sanitation
  • Long-term visibility and validation of a citizen sanitation agenda
  • Planning, deployment and sustainable management of decentralised and adapted infrastructures for liquid and solid waste management

The Green Commune project contributes to the achievement of SDG 6, which “aims to tackle challenges related to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for populations, as well as to water-related ecosystems1.” Its implementation enables a better organisation of the sanitation sector, improves citizens’ living environments, and alleviates the burden on vulnerable communities, pit/tank emptiers, municipalities and technical administrative services.

November 2018 media awareness session on the issue of solid and liquid waste in Bamako, organised in partnership the Women's Cooperative for Education, Family Health and Sanitation (COFESFA)

Transparency, participation, collaboration

BORDA Mali collaborates with local communities and national stakeholders. We have established collaboration links with government structures, and regional networks for sustainable sanitation have been created in a transparent and participatory approach to the implementation of sustainable sanitation solutions.

Implement solutions, ensure sustainability

The Green Commune project’s participatory approach promotes the involvement of all relevant actors (e.g. authorities, communities, emptiers) with defined roles and responsibilities that guarantee sustainability. In addition, the involvement of the private sector in the management and recovery of liquid waste is a factor in sustainable management.

The project aims to develop an appropriate intervention plan, design appropriate sanitation infrastructure and operational concepts, raise awareness and strengthen local capacities to train and rejuvenate communities, develop reliable services for liquid waste management, and inspire decision-makers across West Africa to undertake their own green communes.

1 UN Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017

The project supports sustainable development by demonstrating a community development process for improved sanitation in urban and semi-urban areas, with innovations in agriculture and clean energy

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