The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established in April 2013 to support the political process aimed at restoring peace in the country. As part of stabilisation activities, the police component of MINUSMA supports capacity-building in the various Malian police forces and advises them on their daily tasks as well as on training.
UN police officers are mainly active in the country's urban centres to help restore state authority and promote and defend human rights.
EUCAP Sahel Mali is a civilian mission of the European Union, based in Bamako. The mission provides experts in training and strategic advice to the police, the Gendarmerie and the National Guard of Mali and the relevant ministries, with the aim of supporting security sector reform.
EUCAP Sahel Mali supports the desire of the Malian state to modernise its security forces so that they respond more effectively to the protection needs of the Malian population across the entire country within the framework of the rule of law. It is an important element of the regional approach of the European Union’s strategy for security and development in the Sahel. Switzerland is the first non-member state to have entered into a participation agreement with the EU.