2014-2018 (Mali) ACASIA


Pit under latrine in Bamako (Mali) © Protos

General objective
To improve the access to the services for sanitation and sanitary arrangements for the deprived population groups, more specifically for 100.000 people in the District Bamako, and this in a sustainable way.

With regard to sanitary arrangements, much remains to be done to achieve the Millennium Goal for 2015. In Bamako, many people have a latrine, but the emptying of these is a big problem. Wastewater is being discharged in the river without any treatment, leading to higher risks for public health and the perturbation of local ecosystems. The district Bamako has no coherent strategy in place regarding the discharge and treatment of wastewater, nor of solid waste. The construction of sanitary arrangements, the management of this infrastructure and the sensitization of the population concerning waste and wastewater are the greatest needs.

Target Groups
  • 17.600 inhabitants dispose of a new family latrine and are sensitized; 12.000 pupils dispose of new or repaired sanitary arrangements and are sensitized;
  • 100.000 people can use an improved service for collection and treatment of faeces, in respectively 5 and 4 deprived quarters in Municipality I and IV;
  • 9 quarter committees for local development;
  • local politicians and municipal services;
  • the entrepreneurs and GIE (groupement d’intérêt économique) of SYNACOR-SPIROS are supported and reinforced
Funding / budget / duration


  • EU
  • DGD
  • Practica Foundation The Netherlands
  • Aquafin and the flemish Administration via VPWvO


  • Aquafin


  • 2014-2018


  • 2014 : € 308.224
  • 2015 : € 345.944
  • 2016 : € 345.944
  • 2017 : € 345.944
  • 2018 : € 153.881
Activities & results

Main activities

  • sensitization campaigns in the quarters and in the schools;
  • installation or reparation of 20 sanitary blocs at schools and of 1.000 family latrines
  • construction or extension of small sewerage systems for 150 families;
  • construction of 6000 sewers with bathing/laundry places;
  • construction of 2 wastewater treatment plants;
  • study of the different elements of the sanitation chain;
  • training and guidance of the GIE (groupement d’intérêt économique)/the private operators;
  • guidance on drafting a strategy and an action plan for the management and the regulation of the sanitation chain;
  • training and guidance of the local politicians, technicians and municipal officials on local client-contractorship and the management of the sanitation chain;
  • supporting the development of sectoral management mechanisms concerning execution, maintenance and management of the sanitary infrastructure;
  • organising dialogue moments between the different parties in the sector;
  • dissemination of the experiences and the lessons learned;

Expected results

  • increased coverage in improved sanitary arrangements;
  • sanitation chain (collection, treatment and reuse of the content of latrines) is operational in Municipality I and IV;
  • the Municipalities I and IV of Bamako take on their role in the sanitation sector, in cooperation with the local players from the private sector and the civil society;
  • dialogue structures are reinforced and the results of the project are known by the different parties of the sector, as well at local, national as at international level.
  • the authorities of Municipality I and IV (client-constructor);
  • the ngo AMASBIF for social engineering and for sensitization of the population;
  • COPIDUC/AEP (having experience in the sector) for the support of the 2 municipalities and the societal organizations;
  • EAA (ex-CREPA): methodological support and advice;
  • ANGESEM: support on management of the wastewater treatment plant;
  • SYNACOR – Section SPIROS: improvement of the sanitation chain

Would you like to support this program? Please contact Johan Slimbrouck, thematic and geographic adviser for Mali: johan.slimbrouck@Join For Water.ong