Regions of Mali

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Since 2016, Mali has been divided into ten regions and one capital district. A reorganization of the country from eight to nineteen regions was passed into law in 2012, [1] but of the new regions, only Taoudénit (partitioned from Tombouctou Region) and Ménaka (formerly Ménaka Cercle in Gao Region) have begun to be implemented. [2] [3] Each of the regions bears the name of its capital. The regions are divided into 56 cercles. The cercles and the capital district are divided into 703 communes. [4]

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Demographics

The most populated region is Sikasso with 2.648 million people, and the least most populated is Kidal with just 38 thousand people.

Geography

Only 5 regions are composed of mainly desert, however, they also have half the country's land mass. The largest region is Taoudénit, the smallest is Ségou, or, if you include Bamako, then it is Bamako.

Regions

The regions are numbered, originally west to east, with Roman numerals. [5] The capital Bamako is administered separately and is in its own district. The ten regions and the Bamako District are listed below. The population figures are from the 1998 and 2009 censuses. [6]

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Current regions of Mali (as of 2016)
Region nameRegion numberArea (km2)Population
Census 1998
Population
Census 2009
Kayes I119,7431,374,3161,993,615
Koulikoro II95,8481,570,5072,422,108
Bamako Unnumbered2521,016,2961,810,366
Sikasso III70,2801,782,1572,643,179
Ségou IV64,8211,675,3572,338,349
Mopti V79,0171,484,6012,036,209
Tombouctou VI56,335442,619674,793
Gao VII89,532341,542542,304
Kidal VIII151,43038,77467,739
Taoudénit IX440,276182,125274,696
Ménaka X81,04054,456

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Sikasso Region is the southernmost region of Mali. The region's capital city, Sikasso, is the country's second-largest city and is growing rapidly due to people fleeing the violence in Côte d'Ivoire to the south. Major ethnic groups include the Senoufo, known for masks and reverence for animals, the Samago, known for being Mali's best farmers, and the main ethnic group in Mali, the Bambara people. The local economy is based on farming and the Sikasso, which receives more rain than any other Malian region, is known for its fruits and vegetables.

Cercles of Mali

A cercle is the second level administrative unit in Mali. Mali is divided into eight régions and one capital district (Bamako); the régions are subdivided into 49 cercles. These subdivisions bear the name of their principal city.

Bafoulabé Cercle Cercle in Kayes Region, Mali

Bafoulabé Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Kayes Region of Mali. The administrative center (chef-lieu) is the town of Bafoulabé. In the 2009 census the population of the cercle was 233,926.

Communes of Mali

A Commune is the third-level administrative unit in Mali. Mali is divided into eight regions and one capital district (Bamako). These subdivisions bear the name of their principal city. The regions are divided into 49 Cercles. The Cercles and the district are divided into 703 Communes, with 36 Urban Communes and 667 Rural Communes, while some larger Cercles still contain Arrondissements above the Commune level, these are organisational areas with no independent power or office. Rural Communes are subdivided in Villages, while Urban Communes are subdivided into Quartier. Communes usually bear the name of their principal town. The capital, Bamako, consists of six Urban Communes. There were initially 701 communes until the Law No. 01-043 of 7 June 2001 created two new Rural Communes in the desert region in the north east of the country: Alata, Ménaka Cercle in the Gao Region and Intadjedite, Tin-Essako Cercle in the Kidal Region.

Kita Cercle Cercle in Kayes Region, Mali

Kita Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Kayes Region of Mali. The administrative centre (chef-lieu) is the town of Kita. In the 2009 census the population of the cercle was 434,379.

Dioïla Cercle Cercle in Koulikoro Region, Mali

Dioïla Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Koulikoro Region of Mali. Its seat is the town of Dioïla. It lies at the southeast corner of the region, and prior to 1977, it was combined with what is now Kati Cercle and the District of Bamako in the "Bamako Cercle", with the capital city as its seat.

Bougouni Cercle Cercle in Sikasso Region, Mali

Bougouni Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Sikasso Region of Mali. The administrative center (chef-lieu) is the town of Bougouni.

Kadiolo Cercle Cercle in Sikasso Region, Mali

Kadiolo Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Sikasso Region of southern Mali. The administrative center (chef-lieu) is the town of Kadiolo.

Sikasso Cercle Cercle in Sikasso Region, Mali

Sikasso Cercle is one of seven administrative subdivision of the Sikasso Region of southern Mali. The capital is the town of Sikasso.

Yanfolila Cercle Cercle in Sikasso Region, Mali

Yanfolila Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Sikasso Region of southern Mali. The administrative center (chef-lieu) is the town of Yanfolila.

Barouéli Cercle Cercle in Ségou Region, Mali

Barouéli Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Ségou Region of Mali. The administrative center (chef-lieu) is the town of Barouéli.

Macina Cercle Cercle in Ségou Region, Mali

Macina Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Ségou Region of Mali. The administrative center (chef-lieu) is the town of Macina.

Niono Cercle Cercle in Ségou Region, Mali

Niono Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Ségou Region of Mali. The administrative center (chef-lieu) is the town of Niono.

San Cercle Cercle in Ségou Region, Mali

San Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Ségou Region of Mali. The administrative center (chef-lieu) is the town of San.

Tominian Cercle Cercle in Ségou Region, Mali

Tominian Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Ségou Region of Mali. The administrative center of the local government is in the town of Tominian. The Cercle is divided into Communes, and below this, quarters/villages. In the 2009 census the cercle had a population of 219,853 people.

Bandiagara Cercle Cercle in Mopti Region, Mali

Bandiagara Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Mopti Region of Mali. The administrative center (chef-lieu) is the town of Bandiagara.

Mopti Cercle Cercle in Mopti Region, Mali

Mopti Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Mopti Region of Mali. The administrative center (chef-lieu) is the town of Mopti.

Youwarou Cercle Cercle in Mopti Region, Mali

Youwarou Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Mopti Region of Mali. The administrative center (chef-lieu) is the town of Youwarou.

Diré Cercle Cercle in Tombouctou Region, Mali

Diré Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Tombouctou Region of Mali. The administrative center (chef-lieu) is the town of Diré.

Timbuktu Cercle Cercle in Tombouctou Region, Mali

Timbuktu Cercle is an administrative subdivision of the Tombouctou Region of Mali. It is the largest cercle by area in the whole of Mali. The capital lies at the city of Timbuktu. The cercle is divided into Rural and Urban Communes, and below this, quarters/villages. In the 2009 census the cercle had a population of 124,546.

References

  1. "LOI No 2012-017 DU 02 MARS 2012 PORTANT CREATION DE CIRCONSCRIPTIONS ADMINISTRATIVES EN REPUBLIQUE DU MALI" (PDF). Journal officiel de la République du Mali. 2 March 2012. p. 364. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
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  4. Loi N°99-035/ Du 10 Aout 1999 Portant Creation des Collectivites Territoriales de Cercles et de Regions (PDF) (in French), Ministère de l'Administration Territoriales et des Collectivités Locales, République du Mali, 1999, archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-09.
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