Mali

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INFORMATION

Capital: Bamako

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

Economy:

  • Highly dependent on gold mining and agricultural exports for revenue.
  • Economic activity is largely confined to the riverine area irrigated by the Niger River and about 65% of its land is desert or semi-desert.
  • About 10% of the population is nomadic and about 80% of the labor force is engaged in farming and fishing.

Population: 17,885,245 (2017)

Land Size: 1.25 million sq km (482,077 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Mande: 50% (Bambara, Malinke, Soninke)
  • Peul: 17%
  • Voltaic: 12%
  • Songhai: 6%
  • Tuareg and Moor: 10%
  • Other: 5%
Religions:

  • Muslim: 90%
  • Christian: 1%
  • Indigenous African Religion: 9%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Bambara: 80%
  • Fulfulde
  • Soninke

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RECENT NEWS

  • Tue - Oct 9, 2018: At UN Assembly, Mali's President Gives Heartfelt Thanks for UN's Help in Bringing Stability - AllAfrica News: Mali
    [UN News] Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, whose West African country has benefitted from a 15,000-strong United Nations Stabilization Force (MINUSMA) to bring peace after Tuareg rebels and militant Islamists devastated its northern and central regions, mounted the General Assembly podium on Wednesday to thank the world Organization for "its immense and multi-dimensional" support.
  • Mon - Oct 1, 2018: ISFD, EAA launch program to tackle economic illiteracy - AllAfrica News: Mali
    [Islamic Development Bank] The Director General of the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), Dr. Waleed Al Wohaib, launched a joint Program with Education Above All Foundation (EAA) to partner on the development of shared intellectual work on out of school children in Mali, Nigeria and Pakistan with a potential for expansion to other countries.
  • Thu - Sep 27, 2018: UN Chief Celebrates Spirit of Hope in Mali, Calls for Greater International Support - AllAfrica News: Mali
    [UN News] Climate change, poverty, violence... As countless challenges hamper the stability and development of Mali and the Sahel region, a high-level event on Wednesday explored progress made in the implementation of the UN Support Plan for the Sahel (UNSS), and galvanized renewed commitment for the Malian peace process initiated in 2015.
  • Mon - Sep 24, 2018: Observers Endorse Flawed Presidential Poll, Now for Legislative Elections - AllAfrica News: Mali
    [The Conversation Africa] How credible were the 2018 presidential elections in Mali? Going by the allegations of stuffed ballot boxes, theft of election materials, threats and attacks against election officials, arson at polling stations, vote-selling, and buying, it could be argued that the poll wasn't credible at all.
  • Fri - Sep 14, 2018: Africans Live A Decade Longer Than in 1990, But... - AllAfrica News: Mali
    [allAfrica] Cape Town -The level of human development in Sub-Saharan Africa, judged by how long people live for, how well they are educated and how much they earn, has improved by more than a third in the past three decades, according to a United Nations report published today.