Capital Nouakchott
Population 3.1 million
Life Expectancy 60.37
Access to clean water 60%
Adult literacy 51.2%
Under five mortality 63.42 per 1,000 live births
GDP per head (US$ PPP) $2,100

    MDG-F Case Study Evaluation

  • This evaluation is a knowledge-generating exercise whose goal is to: 1) Assess the MDG-F's contribution, at national level, to the achievement of the MDGs, the principles of the Paris Declaration and the UN reform initiative to “Deliver as One”; 2) Identify best practices and lessons learned in order to inform future joint programming for development; and 3) Connect local level programme interventions with national level policy-making processes by highlighting successful pilot initiatives with the potential for replication and scale-up.

    Mauritania_Country Final evaluation.pdf (1.97 MB)
  • Country Fact Sheet

  • This Fact Sheet summarizes the key achievements of the Joint Programmes in Mauritania.

    Mauritania Joint Programmes Fact Sheet.pdf (200 KB)

Our Joint Programmes

Scaling up the fight against child hunger and malnutrition in southeast Mauritania
This Joint Programme was established to combat an alarming increase in malnutrition in two southeastern regions of Mauritania, where the underweight prevalence in children under 5 rose from 35% in 2007 to 40% in 2008, more than twice the national average. The programme comprised a package of integrated interventions for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, targeting more than 420,000 women and children with actions to improve food security, change feeding behaviors and strengthen the management of malnutrition.
Mainstreaming Local Environmental Management in the Planning Process
Southwestern Mauritania faces considerable environmental problems, with deteriorating natural resources and populations living in conditions of poverty, precarious health and a lack of basic services. In rural areas, only 20% of households have access to sanitation and nearly two thirds of people live below the poverty line, further exacerbating resource degradation. The aim of this Joint Programme was to promote sustainable management of natural resources and access to water and sanitation, and to ensure that environmental issues are taken into account in national planning processes.
Strengthening conflict prevention capacities and the rule of law in Mauritania
An explosion of ethnic tensions in 1989 precipitated a mass expulsion of tens of thousands of Mauritanians and produced a climate of tension, uncertainty and animosity. Declining living conditions, rising unemployment and poverty, and the uneven distribution of resources exacerbated traditional sources of conflict -- access to land and water -- and social prejudices and discrimination became rampant. The Joint Programme's goal was to reduce conflict and inter-community tensions by promoting national unity and the rule of law, improving the equal distribution of resources and creating conflict resolution mechanisms.
Heritage, tradition and creativity for sustainable development in Mauritania
Part of Mauritania's strategic fight against its high poverty rates is to develop tourism and related areas. The Joint Programme supported this goal by encouraging the growth of Mauritania's cultural sector as a way to drive development and generate incomes, with particular emphasis on women's activities. The programme focused on strengthening the national capacity to develop and promote cultural businesses, as well as the management, conservation and enhancement of the country's cultural heritage.


Mauritania advances in fight against malnutrition

UNICEF report shows how an innovative MDG-F-backed approach has helped reduce infant deaths.



Traditions as tools against poverty and unemployment

The MDG-F builds livelihoods in Mauritania through micro-credit loans to artisans, arts festivals and support to the tourism industry.


Combatting malnutrition in Mauritania

When Zenabou Mint Magha brought her child to the MDG-F-funded feeding center, the 7-month-old baby was near death. Today, she's on the road to recovery.


Rebuilding broken bridges in Mauritania

Once friendly, villages divided by ethnic tensions are rebuilding their relations through an MDG-F programme to reduce conflict and improve understanding.


Fighting back the desert in Mauritania

Villagers across this Saharan country are reclaiming land from the sand dunes, replanting trees and rebuilding their lives with the support of the MDG-F.


Building resilience in drought-stricken Mauritanian communities

The MDG-F is helping to combat an alarming increase in malnutrition in two southeastern regions of Mauritania, where 40% of children are moderately to severely malnourished.