See also Conflict Management Panels
After relaunching its office in April 2018, with European Union financial assistance, EISA Mali identified five Civil Society Organisations it could support that would be able to focus on violence monitoring and mediation during the electoral processes around the presidential elections conducted in late July 2018.
During this period the mediators' database was updated. Given the delay in the elections and following discussions with the donor, the network overseeing this component of the programme, deployed its mediators to intervene in community conflicts until December 2019.
The revised project focusses on the training and deployment of community mediators in the various areas of the central and northern regions of the country, where the conflict is located. After updating the mediators' database compiled at the commencement of the project, four workshops were organised in Ségou (6-7 October 2019), Mopti (3-4 and 15-16 October) and Gao (19-20 October 2019). 223 mediators, 36% of whom were women, were trained in conflict management skills and deployed in their respective administration districts (referred to as circles, of which there are 29 in the country). The mediators will focus on conflicts and violence occurring in their area, alerting and mediating disputes.
After the deployment of the mediators during the two rounds of the presidential elections, under the umbrella Reseau Citoyen de Mediation au Mali (Citizen Network for Mediation in Mali), with the support of EISA, in November 2018 produced its report. This report traces the nature of the conflicts recorded, their geographical distribution and the involvement of the various actors engaged in the electoral process.
The report was disseminated to the different national and international partners before being officially presented to the press during a conference held on 12 March 2019. The issues highlighted in the report can contribute to a more peaceful environment for the upcoming legislative elections scheduled for June 2019. Since March 1st, 2019, the network has begun to update its mediators' database in prelude to the workshops scheduled for April 2019.
Core mediators were given an orientation training on 12 June. In turn they trained traditional and religious leaders to secure their support in intervening in disputes within their areas.
EISA supported five CSOs in the recruitment, training and deployment of electoral and community mediators and establishing a co-ordination centre for monitoring violence and mapping potential areas of conflict. The intention was to deploy 420 grassroots mediators countywide and then to redeploy them in selected polling stations on election day, 29 July 2018. At the same time 9 national mediators were to be in place to intervene in high level disputes at political party leadership level.