Mali, West Africa

Mali is a sub-Saharan landlocked country that is located on the west side of Africa. Geographically, Mali is one of the largest countries on the continent1 but it hosts a relatively low total population of approximately 17.9 million2. Since its decolonization from France in 1960, Mali has suffered hardships from extreme weather conditions, political unrest, and prolonged rule by a military dictatorship1. Extreme poverty and famine, predominantly the widespread famine which struck during the 1980s3, has had a lasting effect on Malians. Today, Mali is one of the least developed countries in the world4. Its traditional economy is primarily dominated by agriculture and many agrarian ethnic communities can be found along the banks of the meandering Niger River5. The communities that are partnered with HATN are located a short distance northeast of the country’s capital, Bamako.


General Information

Capital City: Bamako
Population: 17,600,000
Geography: Landlocked
Adult Literacy Rate: 38.7%
Life Expectancy: 58.5 yr (173rd)
GNI: $2,218 (162nd)
HDI: 0.442 (175th)
HDI Classification: ‘Low’

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Facts and Stats: NationMaster
Development Indices: 2016 HDR
Corruption: Transparency Intl

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