Women in the market of Djenné, Mali
Monday marks one of the largest markets in Mali near the great mosque in Djenne, Mali

PACEPEP - creating sustainable employment in Mali

Through value chain interventions, PACEPEP created and consolidated thousands of jobs, which helps staunch the migration out of Mali.

22. Jun 2018

Mali is steadily losing its workforce to other countries as low employment rates leave its citizens without prospects for a better future, especially in the rural areas. This is of grave concern, as prolonged migration from rural areas threatens the stability of Mali’s agriculture-based economy.

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched PACEPEP (Programme d'Appui à la Croissance Économique et Promotion de l'Emploi stimulées par le Secteur Privé du Mali or the Programme Supporting Economic Growth and the Promotion of Private-Sector Employment Creation) to help address this serious issue. With NIRAS providing technical assistance, PACEPEP aims to create and consolidate 7070 jobs from 2014 to 2018 by supporting small and medium enterprises and organizations involved in the poultry, maize, herbal tea, livestock, dairy product, fresh produce, and handicraft sectors.  

NIRAS provides technical assistance to PACEPEP, which by late 2017 had succeeded in creating and consolidating 6,984 jobs and aims to reach 7,070 by the time the project ends in December 2018. To date, the programme has handled around 500 support requests.

Growth through value-chain intervention

Most Malians depend on agriculture but are faced with a variety of challenges due to a lack of knowledge and infrastructure. Moreover, agriculture in Mali is predominantly rain-fed, which exposes farmers to significant environmental risks and limits their cultivation options. 

Therefore, PACEPEP stimulated employment and economic growth by strengthening targeted value chains, offering business support in the form of training farmers, financing mechanized irrigation, building roads connecting farmers to local markets, and coaching and advising entrepreneurs in the fundamentals of starting and sustaining businesses, amongst others. 

To date, PACEPEP has created and consolidated 6,984 jobs and handled around 500 support requests. The programme contributes mainly to SDG 8 and target 8.3 by promoting productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, access to financing, and the growth of SMEs. It also contributes to SDG 2, SDG 7, and SDG 9 by achieving food security; ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy through an electricity and solar energy project component; and by building resilient infrastructure.

If you are interested to learn more about PACEPEP, read the project write up.