Women standing around waterhole
Due to its large geographical scope, the potential of PDD DIN II to create significant impact is high, but equally the programme’s spread over a vast area makes it difficult to monitor independently.


From market gardens to fish farms, assessing a project’s impact on the lives of people along the inner delta of the Niger River

Following a long history of cooperation, NIRAS continues to support Sweden in its work to promote the sustainable management of natural resources in Mali.

For more than 20 years, Sweden has been applying official development aid (ODA) in an effort to curb climate change, particularly in the world’s poorest countries. In a recent independent evaluation of Sida’s natural resource and climate interventions in Mali, the Expert Group for Aid Studies – a Swedish Government committee that analyses the country’s ODA – pointed to several programmes that have proven to be successful and scalable to other parts of the globe.

Sida’s support to Mali in building climate change resilience and adaptation continues, and many elements of its earlier interventions – such as the Decentralised Forest Management Programme (GEDEFOR) – are being replicated in related projects today. Leveraging our experience of providing technical assistance to the implementation of GEDEFOR from 2009 to 2013, NIRAS is helping to ensure the effective use of resources in one particularly complex programme: the Sustainable Development Programme for the Inner Delta of the Niger River (PDD DIN II), which runs from 2017 to 2022.


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