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GEO_ML1987_2012 (GEO_ML1987_2012)
Mali regions, 1987-2012 [integrated; GIS]

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GEO_ ML1987_2012 indicates the region of Mali where the respondent was interviewed. The variable is integrated to yield units with consistent boundaries across samples.

Labels identify the modern geographic units (grouped regions) contained in each integrated region. Each sample also has its own non-integrated geography variable. The 1995, 2001, 2006 and 2012 samples have greater geographic detail available in their sample-specific variables. An additional integrated variable, GEO_ML1995_2012, does not include the 1987 Mali sample and is harmonized for different geographic units (regions).

An integrated GIS map (in shapefile format) for Mali can be downloaded here.


In the 1987 Mali sample, Bamako remained an autonomous region, while the following regions were grouped:

  • Kayes combined with Koulikoro
  • Sikasso combined with Segou
  • Mopti, Tombouctou, Gao, and Kidal combined together

The 1995, 2001, 2006, and 2012 Malian samples have greater geographic detail available and do not group regions.

In the 1995 and 2001 samples, the Gao, Timbouctou, and Kidal regions were coded separately but combined into one region in GIS maps (see GIS maps here). In 2001, Kidal region was created from Gao.

The 2012 Mali survey excludes Tombouctou, Kidal, and Gao, and certain cercles (areas) in Mopti (Douentza, Tenenkou, and Youwarou) were not surveyed.


  • Mali 1987: All women age 15-49.
  • Mali 1995: All women age 15-49.
  • Mali 2001: All women age 15-49.
  • Mali 2006: All women age 15-49.
  • Mali 2012: All women age 15-49.
  • Mali: 1987-W, 1987-M, 1987-C, 1987-B, 1995-H, 1995-W, 1995-M, 1995-C, 1995-B, 2001-H, 2001-W, 2001-M, 2001-C, 2001-B, 2006-H, 2006-W, 2006-M, 2006-C, 2006-B, 2012-W, 2012-M, 2012-C, 2012-B, 2012-H