Bamako

Bamako is no longer an ACF area, as a result of the political situation in 2012 and following.

Bamako is situated on the River Niger and, is the Capital of Mali. With an estimated population of 1.3 million people and increased rural-urban migration, the Bamako District is under stress and the number of slums is increasing.

The city is made up of six Communes, including the project area of Commune VI, which lies to the south east and is located on the right bank of the Niger river. The total population of Commune VI was estimated in 2007 to be 264,000. This is a predominantly low income area and is characterised by large neighbourhoods of informal housing.

Water in Commune VI is currently provided from a mixture of sources, including the city network, private wells, public water points using boreholes and small private distribution networks from boreholes. Much of the population relies either on unsafe water from polluted shallow groundwater or on water vendors who take water from EDM sources and re-sell it at high prices.

Some of ACF’s most important and meaningful activities in Bamako were:

  • Water point mapping and training on the usage of the system, so that the utility and others could identify areas of particular need.
  • A study into institutional mandates and gaps or barriers to pro-poor service, to enable effective planning of future interventions.
  • A study into challenges for the small-scale service providers, to allow them to improve their services to all.
  • 10 tap-stands were constructed and connected to the network, in addition to two water kiosks in areas of higher need. The latter have storage tanks, so that in spite of intermittent supply, the locals can obtain their water at convenient times.
  • 11 school latrine blocks were built.
  • Sanitation marketing was conducted on the available technologies to encourage self-improvements.

Throughout the programme, a total of over 15,000 lives were touched by ACF.