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Development on a human scale…


The Mali Development Group, also known as MDG, is dedicated to promoting social development in Mali, West Africa. We have been working hand in hand with Malians for over 20 years, addressing basic needs with the active involvement of community groups. Our national partners operate in the capital city of Bamako and in remote areas in the rural South.

Aside from raising funds, we provide practical and technical assistance by harnessing the expertise of our members and leveraging the relationships we have built over the years. As a small voluntary group, we rely on the skills and commitment of our members, allowing us to keep our overheads to a minimum.

We are committed to fostering enduring partnerships with our Malian colleagues, founded on the principles of trust and openness. We believe that this approach has resulted in an effective model of international development, built on people-to-people connections that promote local action.

Woman watering plants in a market garden, with other women working on the garden in the background
Boys concentrating on their drawing

Our Partners

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Jeunesse et Développement (J&D)

J&D registered as a National Non-Government Organisation in 1995 and has been working with MDG since 2001. It has implemented a range of urban and rural projects linked to education, health, economic development and civic education, with a focus on women and children, including 2 projects funded by the UK’s Comic Relief. Difficult times in Mali have contributed to much decreased project activity, but the team is developing new initiatives based on a recent survey of youth needs in Bamako’s Commune IV.

Young woman creating a bogolan stencil design

Pensons à Demain (PAD)

PAD is a registered Cultural Association created by the artist Kader Keita and his friends in 2004. They use the media of art and culture to build the confidence and self- esteem of children living or working on the streets of Bamako, thus facilitating their reintegration into wider society through reconnection with their families and learning skills for independent living. They include children with disabilities, school dropouts, young mothers, those displaced from north and central Mali and young women in detention.