Relations between the Netherlands and Mali

Relations between the Netherlands and Mali are good. The two countries work together in the areas of culture and development cooperation in particular. Mali is one of the 15 partner countries that receive Dutch bilateral development aid.

Political relations

  • The Dutch embassy in the capital Bamako is responsible for Dutch interests in Mali.

Economic relations

  • Trade between the Netherlands and Mali is still small scale. The Netherlands exports mainly dairy products, eggs, vegetables, chemicals and machinery to Mali. Several Dutch firms are active in the country.
  • For up-to-date information on economic and trade relations with Mali, see the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) website.

Development relationship

  • The Netherlands has a bilateral development relationship with Mali, one of its 15 development cooperation partner countries.
  • In implementing its development programme, the Netherlands seeks alignment with Mali’s national strategy for economic growth and poverty reduction. The Netherlands plays a leading role in aligning the programmes of the various donors in Mali.
  • Within its bilateral development cooperation programme the Netherlands has pledged a total sum of €137 million.
  • The Netherlands’ development programme focuses on the key themes sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), water/food security and, from mid-2013, security and the rule of law. The security and the rule of law programme is focused on strengthening the position and role of individual citizens and their access to the justice system, and on reducing the gap between citizens and the government.
  • To improve governance and promote democracy, the Netherlands gives financial assistance to human rights organisations, supports democratisation and decentralisation in Mali, and contributes to the process of improving the management of public finances.
  • To promote security and stability in West Africa, the Netherlands supports the Alioune Blondin Beye peacekeeping school in Bamako, which annually trains some 650 African soldiers and police officers for peace missions.
  • The Netherlands funds seven consortiums of Dutch organisations working with local partners in Mali under the leadership of ICCO, IICD, IUCN, the Dutch Red Cross, Oxfam Novib, Plan Nederland and Simavi. Activities are also run by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and the Netherlands Senior Experts Programme (PUM).

Cultural relations

  • For many years, Mali has been liaising with the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden on conserving its cultural heritage. This has led to exchange visits and exhibitions in both countries.
  • The Netherlands supports a range of projects, including one on clay architecture, aimed at conserving cultural heritage in Djenné and the Land of the Dogons. The annual Festival on the Niger is also organised with Dutch support. This music event draws groups from all over West Africa.