Published on: 18/06/2021
On 17 June, 2021 the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Mali, officially registered the office of IRC in Bamako, the capital. IRC is a world-leading water and sanitation think-tank and delivery NGO and has been making strategic interventions in the country since 2016.
IRC has now committed itself to working overtime in the country, by opening its fifth national office in Africa. This strong commitment to Mali comes in despite of the challenges of working in a country with a fragile security situation.
Speaking on the official announcement of the office, IRC's CEO Patrick Moriarty, said:
‘We would like to thank the Government of Mali and all our other partners for the confidence they have in us and the support they have given us to formally register our presence. We think that it is important now, more than ever, to indicate our confidence in the future of Mali and we are determined to contribute positively to that future.
By opening an office, we are making a commitment to the people in Mali in the districts where we work, to achieve their ambition to achieve the human right to access water and sanitation. We're delighted to have a dedicated team under the inspirational leadership of Afou Chantal Bengaly Traoré’.
Afou Chantal Bengaly Traoré, IRC’s new Country Coordinator and a globally recognised Malian WASH expert, said:
'The registration of the Country Office makes me and my colleagues feel very proud. We will continue to work collectively with government, all key agencies and duty bearers to strengthen WASH systems in the country. Our developing success in partner districts is driven by everyone’s shared vision to meet the human rights of everyone to safe water and sanitation.
Our new formal office presence at national level, will provide us an excellent opportunity and springboard to scale our successes at district level to the national arena. Our aim is simple, to make sure that Sustainable Development Goal 6 becomes a reality for all the citizens of our wonderful country. We will play our part and work with everyone to make that a reality’.