Aid/NGO Worker Housing: Mali

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Aid/NGO Worker Demographics: Mali

According to the available information on demographics of humanitarian aid workers in Africa, there are approximately 447 humanitarian aid workers in Mali. While we were able to find this number, we were unable to determine any specific demographics for these workers.


  • According to the website Humanitarian ID, there are 447 aid workers in Mali.
  • We were able to find data for medical personnel. Using the total population of Mali (19,671,077), we triangulated the number of medical personnel in the country by dividing the total population by the ratio given for each type of worker. While we were unable to determine how many are relief workers, we were able to calculate the categories of medical personnel in Mali: 166 doctors, 3,518 Wise Women, and 11,363 nurses.


Key Population Data in Mali

NGOs and Humanitarian Organizations in Mali


Strategy #1

We began by finding the list of all NGO's and humanitarian relief organizations currently active in Mali. In the findings, we included this list, sorted both by reporting organization and by funders. Next, we began looking for any demographic information about the workers in these organizations. We searched news articles, press releases, and the official websites and documents of the organizations themselves. Unfortunately, the demographic information for individual organizations was not publicly available. We have detailed information about these projects in the attached spreadsheet.

Strategy #2

We next made a broad search for any annual reports, government documents, or reporting that provides demographic information on humanitarian organizations in Mali. While we were able to find financial data that reflects how many people provided aid, we were unable to find demographic information on the workers themselves. However, we did find that the USAID has published a detailed spreadsheet of its workers in Mali.

Strategy #3

We then searched the websites and annual reports of all 10 funding agencies, looking for data or demographics on aid workers. This method of searching once again only yielded results on financial data, and not the demographics of the workers themselves. We also looked through global organizations that track humanitarian aid and NGOs, including the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), ReliefAid, and Agenda for Humanity. While there was a large amount of information available, none of it focused on or provided demographics about aid workers.

Strategy #4

Finally, we looked for a worker-run site that might provide information on contacting aid workers. We found one at the bottom of OCHA's website titled Humanitarian ID. We were able to filter their database for workers in Mali, finding a list of 447 names. However, no other demographic information was available.