Implementation of the REACH process in Mali started in late 2009 with an exploratory mission sent by the REACH Regional Office for West Africa in response to interest expressed by the Government. In July 2011, after the Government's approval, the REACH Secretariat and the Regional Facilitator initiated the development of a Country Implementation Plan (CIP), in which many stakeholders were involved (Government, UN focal points, donors and civil society actors) to finally come up with a REACH budgeted plan for Mali.
On September 3, 2012 REACH hired a consultant to work as the International Facilitator for Mali. His role is to launch the initiative and advocate for a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approach to fight malnutrition, in order to improve the impact of nutritional interventions. A National Facilitator is currently being recruited and will contribute to the implementation of REACH activities in the country by strengthening institutional capacity for improved governance as well as supporting the strategic planning and analysis, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition and food security activities.
The Mali REACH team is composed of nutrition focal points from UNICEF, FAO, WHO, WFP, the Government and the REACH Facilitators.
The REACH Secretariat is hosted by WFP in Mali. REACH also has an office within the Ministry of Health.
The specific objectives of REACH in Mali are as follows:
• Conduct an in-depth analysis of the nutrition situation in Mali;
• Identify actions with high impact to scale up;
• Support the development of a multi-sectoral action plan for nutrition;
• Ensure nutrition is integrated as a priority in the annual work plans of the ministries / sectors related to nutrition;
• Support the development of a national multi-sectoral nutrition information system;
• Strengthen human and institutional nutrition capacities for action at all governmental levels.