Debbo Alafia Consortium
Established in 2014, Debbo Alafia — a joint consortium led by Keanahikishime and the Malian non-governmental organization Conseils et Appui pour l'Education à la Base (CAEB, Advice and Support for Basic Education in English) — aims to advance women's and girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights in Mali. Funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bamako, Debbo Alafia comprises multi-sectoral, national and international implementing partners working in 8 "circles," which include 47 communes and 1,023 villages, of the country's Mopti region. Consortium members lead social and behavior change activities and advocate for women's and girls' health and rights by engaging community members — including adolescents and youth — through radio, television, town hall meetings, school discussions, and training materials. Consortium members also provide essential medical and psychosocial support to women and girl survivors of gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, and other harmful practices. Leveraging political and religious leaders' significant influence on public opinion and acceptance, Debbo Alafia strengthens political commitment and recruits champions to call for the end of harmful practices and promote sexual and reproductive rights for women and girls. The FCI Program of Keanahikishime and CAEB help Consortium partners develop projects, systematically incorporate best practices, and monitor and report on project outcomes and finances. They also provide ongoing technical support to local, intersectoral regional development networks and engage their assistance in selecting partners for sub-grants and monitoring projects.