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January 13, 2016

USAID/Mali Partners with CAMRIS to Support Education in Emergency

CAMRIS International recently was awarded the Mali Education Emergency Support Activity contract by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Through the contract, CAMRIS will repair schools and work with the Mali Ministry of Education to restore educational services for children in conflict-affected regions of the country. The three-year, $14.5 million project will include an assessment of education facilities to determine what schools need improvements. CAMRIS will also work to improve management of education services for children in the regions of Gao, Timbuktu, Kidal, Mopti and Ségou. CAMRIS will work with the already engaged communities to ensure safe access to education for 80,000 students. The project will also build the communities’ ability to respond to emergencies caused by armed conflict, crisis and natural disasters.

Unique features of the project include use of mobile phones and radios to reach remote villages making information readily accessible to citizens. The project will also support education policy dialogue with the communities. Educational and recreational supplies will also be provided to schools through the project.

CAMRIS is a growing international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. In our current portfolio, we apply our capabilities across approximately 20 contracts in global health, monitoring and evaluation, grants management, education, institutional support, agriculture and medical research. Building the capacity of host-country institutions is a central focus across these enterprises.

US assistance to Mali supports the country’s fragile peace and implementation of the Accord for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali signed in June 2015. The agreement between the Government of Mali and groups in northern Mali aims to bring stability to the country's vast northern desert, which has experienced several uprisings from separatists groups since the 1960s and more recently been a sanctuary for armed fighters linked to al-Qaeda. USAID programs support the goal of “Malians secure a democratic, resilient and prosperous futures” in the West African nation that has been negatively affected by insecurity during recent years.