Revitalizing a fishing port so as to galvanize a whole region
Konna, a fishing port on the Niger River, is a strategic site in the center of Mali. The capture of the town after the 2012 conflict has been combined with the destruction of many port infrastructures and, as a logical effect, the deconstruction of a large proportion of the economic activities linked to fishing. There has thus been a harmful impact on the town’s 50,000 inhabitants and, more widely, on the whole region, which has a population of about 260,000.
The lack of work has since combined with daily difficulties to worsen the insecurity. And, in turn, this insecurity worsens the living conditions. The trend is even more significant since, in addition to fishing, fish collection, sorting, scaling and transport directly employed thousands of Malians, predominantly those aged under 35. The “Revival and economic stabilization of Konna” project aims to bring this negative spiral to a halt by rebuilding a stable economic and social environment.
Reviving economic activities and jobs creation
It is based on several key points. The goal of the first stage is to rebuild infrastructures, in the port and the paths between the area’s villages, so as to accelerate the resurgence of economic activity and to facilitate trade. Other actions will simultaneously focus on creating and developing jobs directly linked to fishing, as well as agriculture and breeding. These actions will take the form of job-creation and self-employment programs.
The project’s third component will see other actions aiming to reestablish and increase basic services, namely access to drinking water and electricity and the creation of minimum social safety nets. Through all of these actions, the local authorities will also be supported via civic engagement. The restoration and development of basic services like access to water, accompanied by the necessary security measures, should generate support from local inhabitants. This will also help give them a more positive vision of the State.
The project is on track to meeting outcomes targets for local infrastructure, including rehabilitated classrooms and clinics, street lighting, and seed distribution, among others. Operational activities have not yet started for additional funding. For the reconstruction of 50 km of rural trails AFD approved 2,0 Mio EUR in September 2018. The feasibility studies for the connection of Konna to Koana via the villages of Kotaka, Sense Ladji, and Sense have been completed. The next stages concern the launches of the action plan and the process of hiring the company in charge of the work.
• It is expected that all outstanding local public infrastructure works will be completed by November 2019 at the latest.
• The rehabilitation works of the fishing port of Kona are fully completed except for the reconstruction of the water tower and the fuel station.
• 61 micro-projects had to be given temporarily to beneficiaries with very different levels of functionality. Some investments have been returned to execution rates of nearly 98% and would only require equipment while others are still physically unfinished.
• At the end of the first six months of 2019, the number of direct beneficiaries of the PRRE increased from 1,069,983 to 1,415,747, or from 73% to 97% of the target value (1,461,147 people). The beneficiaries are 97% of people benefiting from rehabilitated public infrastructure and 3% of people benefiting from rehabilitated production assets.
• The percentage of rehabilitated infrastructure that is operational one year after its commissioning significantly exceeds the targets: 89% of rehabilitated public infrastructure is operating against a target of 80%; and 100% of rehabilitated productive infrastructure is in operation against a target of 70%.
• The electrification of Gourma Rharous continues with the extension of the project closure date. Detailed technical and socio-environmental studies have been completed and validated and the generators have been sent to the town of Gourma Rharous.
• Remote monitoring by satellite imagery has started. However, the Institut Géographique du Mali (IGM) will be involved in the more judicious use of satellite imagery data.
Photo credit : Mathieu Arnaudet – AFD