Community-based circular waste management

The project aims to support three peri-urban communities, in Bamako, to develop and establish a community-based circular waste management model. More specifically it will assess and quantify the needs and opportunities for waste management, plastic recycling and a Sustainable Communities Project (SCP) model in 3 communities; it will also assess social norms and attitudes towards environmental health, waste management, and plastic recycling in peri-urban communities. Communities will be educated and informed around environmental health, waste management, and plastic recycling. Partners will be identified and engaged in implementing the SCP model in Bamako, establishing the production of compost and charcoal briquettes and employing underprivileged young women. Recycling and upcycling practices will be introduced and established as alternative livelihoods for unemployed youths and women and an approach to community-based plastic waste management.

Mali Health is an American NGO founded in 2007. It aims to improve maternal and child health and survival in poor, peri-urban communities in Bamako, Mali, by helping mothers and children access high-quality primary care and preventative healthcare.


Health / Environment / Education / Community Development


January 2022 – December 2023


Bamako / Mali



18.5 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 770/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
41% (2009)

Literacy rate
33% (2016)

Human Development Index
182nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Mali has experienced conflict on a regular basis since its independence in 1960. The military coup in March 2012 triggered a political and security crisis and although peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled the country or are internally displaced. Fragile security in the northern regions is hampering economic recovery. The crisis has worsened the human development outlook; chronic food insecurity is affecting 25% of families. One in three children under-five suffers from stunting. Drought and conflict have increased the extreme poverty rate, rising from 48% in 2011 to 50% in 2013.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.