Transforming Mali’s Law Enforcement Academies


A central challenge facing Mali’s security forces is how to modernize and reform their training programs in the face of growing security threats. The types of training provided in the past—focused on interstate conflict or traditional law enforcement—are no longer sufficient.  Mali’s training academies have been slow to adapt to new threats. Mali’s academy and training leaders recognize that they must modernize their training systems to produce forces with the knowledge and skills to meet Mali’s present security needs.


With support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Strategic Capacity Group (SCG) is partnering with Mali’s academy leaders to reform the training for Mali’s National Police, National Guard, National Gendarmerie, and Civil Protection forces. This two-and-a-half-year project evaluates Mali’s existing law enforcement training against identified learning outcomes and strengthens capacity in areas of need. By incorporating feedback from operational commanders and citizens, SCG aims to position Mali’s academies to produce officers with the knowledge and skills to meet the evolving security needs of Mali’s government and citizens. Project activities include developing a reform plan, capacity building for change management, creating a Pedagogy Center of Excellence for Mali’s instructors, and designing institutional learning and feedback from the field to sustain curricular currency.


Strategic Capacity Group (SCG) is a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the ability of the United States and its partners to build strategic security sector capacity both at home and abroad. SCG assists donor and recipient governments to assess institutional capacity, identify gaps, develop and implement solutions, and improve the sustainability and impact of reform.

SCG’s Academies of Excellence Program is designed to modernize and reform military and law enforcement academies. The program works with government ministries and academy leaders to assess institutional effectiveness, revise learning outcomes, design new curricula, enhance faculty expertise, create feedback loops, and streamline academy management processes. This is accomplished by:

  • Assessing current curricula, pedagogy, and outcomes to identify needs and gaps;
  • Modernizing curricular content to enhance learning, standardize training, and improve interoperability;
  • Educating the educator using pedagogical tools that blend conceptual and field-based learning; and
  • Designing institutional research and feedback loops from the field to keep curricula current.

Systemic education and training reform paves the way for the future.