'A scary end for Democrazy in Mali'
In the Western world Mali is considered a good example of democratization on the African continent. But despite small steps in the right direction this couldn't be further away from the truth. Voter participation is as low 36 percent (in 2007), ethnically charged tensions is cause for concern and Mali is still one of the poorest countries in the world.
"Development aid is of importance for the Malian economy, too. The contribution of Official Development Assistance (ODA) is 16 per cent of the GDP; moreover, foreign NGO’s especially in the rural areas take over tasks that should be the realm of the state like education and health services."