Addressing Corruption in Mali’s Trade Corridors
To effectively address corruption along Mali's trade corridors, we are implementing a multi-dimensional USAID program. Unofficial taxation and rent-seeking imposes additional costs on doing business and are among the principal constraints that impede trade and ultimately economic growth in the country.
For example, a recent study calculated that a 10% reduction in total transport costs of shea butter would result in a 7% increase in revenue for farmers.
While the country has adopted many laws and regulations that govern the trade corridors and seek to reduce opportunities for corruption, they are not always aligned with each other or regional agreements and standards. As importantly, they are not always properly enforced.
Under the USAID-funded Mali Justice Program: Reducing Corruption along Mali’s Trade Corridors, our work includes anti-corruption enforcement, prevention, and awareness initiatives. The approach we are taking mobilizes stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, and the government around the goal of reducing corruption and the informal barriers to trade.
Our work focuses on strengthening enforcement of laws and regulations, improving compliance of road governance with regional and international standards, increasing monitoring and reporting of rent-seeking behaviors with effective follow-up actions, and increasing citizen awareness of their rights and recourses.
Some of our innovative approaches include crowdsourced reporting of bribery incidents, engagement of the mass media, and enhanced oversight through citizen review boards.