The cercles of Mali are divided into arrondissements. These are further divided into 703 communes, 19 urban and 684 rural. Unlike communes or cercles, arrondissements have no administrative power or elected officials: they are merely territorial divisions or used to divide administrative duties. Often the borders of communes and arrondissements coincide, rendering the arrondissement demarcation of the territory superfluous.
The arrondissements are listed below, by region and cercle: