Revue du Programme de I' Aide de I'Eglise Norvegienne (AEN)-Mali
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The AEN programme operates in a marginal area in northern Sahel under some of the most difficult and complex conditions an NGO can possibly do. This places particular demands on programme approaches and management. Overall, the programme has had remarkable and important results despite the armed conflict during 1991-1996 in northern Mali. This conflict, however, seriousely set back the programme in a crucial period. The programme is now in a difficult transitory phase. AEN-Oslo has taken the decision to withdraw from the Gourma. within year 2000. The idea is that a Malian NGO created by Malian AENstaff will take over the implementation of AEN-activities after 31. December 1999 still with funding from AEN-Oslo. In AEN's present policy of reorientation, focus has been placed on development to meet food security and social service needs, and consolidation of peace. An aim is also to contribute to the decentralisation process and democracy information/training. This reorientation means that the total budget is scaled down considerably, the number of activities are reduced, new environmental investments are not taken on, and the number of Norwegians in the programme has been reduced. At large, the team supports AEN's reorientation policy. There are constraints in implementing the new policy, however, in part due to problems related to the initial programme approach.
Fra NORAGRIC. Contains an english summary. Mali.