To support Mali’s decentralization efforts, the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) sub-grantee, the Association for the Promotion of the Rural and Urban Sector recently hosted a series of trainings for women, youth and political parties focused on the role of various institutions and organizations in society.  Participants from Cinzana, Saminé, Kamiandougou and Fatiné attended the trainings.  

At the training for women, leaders from 30 groups discussed the rights, roles and responsibilities of local officials, state representatives and civil society in local development; and the role of public institutions in the Republic of Mali.  Action plans were developed by the participants to be implemented by each of the women’s groups in their respective communes.

The youth trainings gave participants a chance to contribute to their own development and continued commitment to the political process.  Sessions focused on: decentralization of school management, management of community health centers, the responsibility of civil society organizations, and the role and responsibility of state representatives at the local level.  Sixty-eight youth representatives discussed the structural relationships between various players in local development.

The political party training sessions provided an opportunity for leaders to further understand issues related to: decentralization and territorial reorganization in Mali; the new administrative pyramid in Mali; the definition, composition, and role of the commune; the formation, role and function of the communal council; the legal framework of local elections; and voting rules and procedures in Mali.  Lastly the participants focused on political party charters, prevention, peace and conflict management.

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