Initiated in 2002, the PACT aims at accompanying Malian local government in the decentralisation process. The 12-year implementation of PACT is part and parcel of the Malian government comprehensive reform programme.
The PACT is taking place in five circles of the second and forth region, in rural communes alongside the Niger river, from Bankoumana in the Kati circle, to Macina. In total, 102 local governments benefit from its support.
Since its establishment, the PACT supports the National support programme to local government which is currently in its consolidation phase (PNACT II, 2006 – 2010) and the Institutional strengthening programme (PDI, 2005 – 2014). There are close links with the "Programme d'Appui à la Réforme Administrative et à la Décentralisation" (PARAD), sector budget support programme funded by the European Commission.
The PACT is a joint programme of the German cooperation (GIZ). The PACT objective is formulated as follows:
“In local communes, the administration and access to social basis services, economic development and citizen involvement are improved”.
The PACT supports communes in the professionalisation of their administration and implementation of social basic services. The programme supports local actors in the negotiation and conflict resolution process with the objective of improving local economies. At national level, it contributes to the consolidation of the Malian decentralisation process and the State reform.