Socioeconomic Impact of the Crisis in North Mali on Displaced People

30 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

Date Written: June 8, 2015

Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of the 2012 crisis in Mali on internally displaced people, refugees and returnees. It uses information from a face-to-face household survey as well as follow-up interviews with its respondents via mobile phones. This combination was found to present a good and robust way to monitor the impact of conflict on hard-to-reach populations who at times live in areas inaccessible to enumerators. Results indicate that better educated and wealthier households as well as those exposed to less violence fled the crisis. Significant amounts of durable goods (20?60 percent) and animals (75?90 percent were lost and the welfare of the displaced declined considerably as a result of the crisis. Yet over time its impact has diminished. By February 2015, most eligible children were going to school and employment levels and number of meals consumed were at pre-crisis levels. The paper finds that different ethnic groups chose different places of refuge. Depending on location, the narrative of the crisis and the solutions that are envisaged differ diametrically.

Keywords: Post Conflict Reconstruction, Inequality, Post Conflict Reintegration

Suggested Citation

Etang-Ndip, Alvin and Hoogeveen, Johannes G. M. (Hans) and Lendorfer, Julia, Socioeconomic Impact of the Crisis in North Mali on Displaced People (June 8, 2015). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7253. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2601624

Alvin Etang-Ndip (Contact Author)

World Bank

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Johannes G. M. (Hans) Hoogeveen

World Bank - Research Department ( email )

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Julia Lendorfer

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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