As part of support to the Integrated Water resources Management Action Plan (PAGIRE) in Mali, Sweden and Denmark developed a program called the Danish-Swedish support to the Water and Sanitation Sector Program (PADS-PROSEA) 2010-2014, with the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and the Ministry of Environment and Sanitation (MEA). Part of this program was a sub-component in integrated water resources management (IWRM) to support achievement of the objective "Improving knowledge and water resources management". The program started in July 2010 but was suspended in March 2012 following the political/security crisis in Mali. Following the restart of the Swedish bilateral cooperation with Mali in mid-2013, Sweden decided to continue only the support to the sub-component IWRM under PADS-PROSEA. A reformulation/updating of the activities of the sub-component were performed in 2014 which resulted in the signing of a new agreement with the Government of Mali in December 2014 for a period of two years.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands had formulated a new support to the sector IWRM for a period of five years (2015-2019) described in the Program Document "Strengthening the Integrated Water Resources Management in Mali, April 2014". Since the start-up of these two programs coincided and many objectives/activities were overlapping, a decision was taken by the both donors and the Ministry to harmonize the support. It was decided to use the same institutional framework, reporting procedures and to develop a harmonized logical framework. The harmonized logical framework will serve as a monitoring tool and will be easier to coordinate and follow up for the program management unit (UG-GIRE) at DNH. The harmonized logical framework is a simplified framework, with a general objective, specific objectives, expected results and activities.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is the agreement partner but the Ministry of Energy and Water through its National Water Directorate (DNH) is the owner and the implementer of the program. They are in the process of establishing a management unit (UG-GIRE) to manage the program and work closely with a national steering committee including representatives from line ministries, local authorities, civil society, private sector an user groups.
The program beneficiaries are the government institutions and other stakeholders in the IWRM area (benefitting from the knowledge base, tools and resource mobilisation) and people living in the basins of the water resources users groups (CLEs) (benefitting from improved water resources management).

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