International relations, Lyon - Bamako (Mali)

logo de la ville Bamako, Mali
World region:


City name:

Bamako, capital of Mali

Partnership treated:
  • Cooperation for development,
  • Governance,
  • Urban planning,
  • Waste collection and processing,
  • Water and sewerage.
First year of the partnership:


International networks in common with Lyon:


Since 1999, Lyon and the district of Bamako (Mali) have been committed to a partnership based on support for local policies in the field of sanitation, urban cleanliness and general administration.

Lyon - Bamako (Mali) cooperation, key dates

During the initial years of exchanges, Lyon and Bamako basically cooperated on the question of waste management by modernising in particular the waste collection vehicles and by optimising their management.

From 2003 to 2009, the City of Lyon - in collaboration with the City of Geneva via the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty - invested heavily in a programme of actions aiming to reduce mortality associated with malaria by improving public cleanliness in Bamako. A number of projects have been undertaken in this area, namely:

  • the connection of three-quarters of the district to a sanitation system;
  • the construction of a maternity unit in partnership with the AFD (Agence française de développement);
  • the creation of a malaria diagnostics laboratory within the Bamako health centre and
  • the drilling of 6 boreholes to provide access to potable water in peripheral areas.

More recently, in the face of the immense challenge of urban growth in the Mali capital, the Greater Lyon Authority - with the support of the Agence d'urbanisme de Lyon and the AFD (Agence française de développement) - has undertaken to provide its support to the district of Bamako for the creation of an urban planning agency able to support consideration of future urban orientations for the territory of Bamako.


Philippe Di Loreto

Métropole de Lyon - Economic development, employment and knowledge delegation

responsable coopération décentralisée