Ranked 184th out of 189 countries in the UN’s 2019 Human Development Index, Mali faces long-standing economic and development challenges. In addition, the north and east of the country are beset by conflict and insecurity.
- Progress on public investment projects will be slow, despite international assistance.
- Economic and development imbalances between the north and the south will remain a significant underlying factor of discontent and conflict.
- Local political movements and armed groups will try to capitalise on discontent about the government to mobilise support.