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Mobilising communities around school feeding

Hallasy Sidibe

Publisher: SNV


Starting in 2009, Mali’s national school feeding programme established criteria for the regions and, within them, schools to be funded by the state. Dogoni Second Cycle was one of a handful of schools in the cercle of Sikasso that joined the programme for the 2011–2012 school year. However, early 2012 the National School Feeding Programme identified 166 vulnerable communes as priority zones for state funding, excluding the cercle of Sikasso. As a result, funding for school feeding programme at Dogoni Second Cycle was abruptly suspended in March, bringing an end to the hope created during the few months that the canteen operated.

To address the interruption of school feeding and to resolve management issues stemming from poor information flow and a lack of transparency, elected officials from Dogoni and members of the Dogoni Second Cycle CGS worked with SNV to apply Mali’s tradition of restitutions publiques, or public restitutions, to a school feeding context. This case study illustrates the first public restitution conducted for the school feeding programme in Dogoni.

This publication is also available in French. Read the French version

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