Dialakorodji, in the northern suburbs of Mali’s capital Bamako, is known for its dynamic population, its cultural diversity where old traditions are maintained, and its growing urban development. As a result of the latter and of rapidly changing climate, Dialakorodji is struggling with access to water.
In an effort to expand and ease access to water in the area, the Nationale de l’Hydraulique (DNH), in partnership with UNDP and with financial support from the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, launched a borehole construction project, which was completed two years ago and delivered 18 boreholes. The borehole pumps water through a solar-powered hydraulic system and distributes running water through a faucet rather than through the manual pumps that were previously available in the area. The boreholes are managed by the local Kouna Wolo Ton Association of Dialakorodji.
Improvements were swift and had a multiplier effect. The initial construction supported by the India-UN Fund has led to both a, increase in the number of water points and the construction of several individual boreholes, thus facilitating access to water for the inhabitants. The Association has also received technical advice on regular maintenance of the borehole equipment to ensure its durability and profitability. A recent post-project completion survey confirmed that the structures produced by the project were working well and appreciated by local communities.