Mali’s 2012 political crisis exacerbated that country’s socio-economic crisis, in particular the problem of youth unemployment. Difficulties for SMEs to access finance constitute a major brake on investment. In this context, the implementation of local economic development projects and enterprise development are of utmost importance. 


  • Area: 1,240,192 km²
  • Population: 19 million
  • Capital: Bamako

Swisscontact in Mali

  • since 1989


Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali
Labour market insertion
Education for opportunity – empowering young men and women in the Sahel
The aim of the project is to integrate young adults into the national labour market as well as to facilitate the development of income generation activities. This will make gainful professional activities within their reach so that they can improve their living conditions sustainably.
Labour market insertion
Youth and Stabilization Programme in the Central Mali Regions
The project supports local economic development through training, social and professional integration, and creating economic opportunities for young adults in the central regions of Mali (Mopti and Ségou), allowing them to quickly access finance for their most urgent economic needs, as well as reducing unemployment.The 2012 socio-political crisis...
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Support for Business Creation by Young People
Mali faces several major challenges related to youth employment. These are: (i) the rapid increase in the working-age population and the difficulties of finding jobs to young people, (ii) the important place taken by informal jobs, (iii) the low proportion of formal jobs in the private and public sectors, (iv) the low human capital accumulation,...
Initial vocational education and training
Project to Support Local Economic Development and Prevent Conflict in the Regions of Timbuktu and Gao

The purpose of the project is to help stabilise the Timbuktu and Gao regions and to enhance the resilience of municipalities and administrative units by favouring the local economic development of 42 municipalities and improving governance in the areas of intervention.The 2012 socio-political crisis in Mali caused massive population displacement...


Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Networking to promote young women entrepreneurs and Malian products
The shop "L'univers du Made in Mali" was created by an all-female association made up of 21 young Malian women entrepreneurs, ten of whom are also supported by FACEJ. One of the goals of the FACEJ is to encourage networking between young Malian entrepreneurs by creating an environment to exchange experiences.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
An integrated system of plant, animal and fish production in the Sikasso region in Mali
In 2019, Albert Dembele, a 29-year-old lawyer by training, is embarking on an entrepreneurship journey. After travelling around the sub-region and completing an agribusiness training course in Benin, Albert created his company "AgroDem". 
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
5 questions on female entrepreneurship in Mali
Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world where women are more likely to be self-employed than men and where 27% of women start a business – the highest rate in the world. The project FACEJ aims to support young people in the creation and/or development of their business, whereby 40% of supported entrepreneurs are women. Swisscontact has asked five experts in entrepreneurship to share their experiences of female entrepreneurship in Mali.
Directeur Swisscontact Mali
Franck Merceron

Our approach

For more than 30 years Swisscontact has been working in the field of initial vocational education and training helping rural and urban populations to gain access to jobs and incomes. Our beneficiaries acquire the skills that allow them to grow and develop economic activities in important economic sectors. With regard to labour market integration, Swisscontact is developing supplementary services such as informational and advisory services required to design professional projects suited to the needs of the market. Support for self-employment is also an area of intervention, providing young people with technical assistance from professionals, access to credit, the development of a business plan, etc.   

Domaines d'Intervention
La main-d’œuvre qualifiée soutient le développement économique local et contribue à la réduction de la pauvreté. Les formations qualifiantes axées sur les besoins de l’économie privée augmentent l’employabilité des jeunes et des adultes et leur permettent d’accéder à l’emploi et à un revenu.
Initial vocational education and training
Historique du Programme d'Appui à la Formation Professionnelle (PAFP) au Mali
Après douze ans, Swisscontact a achevé avec succès le Programme d'Appui à la Formation Professionnelle (PAFP) au Mali pour promouvoir la formation professionnelle. Au cours de cette période, plus de 60 000 personnes ont suivi une formation professionnelle.


Women Entrepreneurship in Mali
Malick Sidibe, un entrepreneur hors-pair
Bréhima Diakité - L'éleveur de lapins


Quar­tier ACI SO­TUBA 
B.P. E2346

Ba­mako, Mali