Burkina Faso Development Policy Part 2

Burkina Faso Development Policy Part 2


A regional program of the Civil Peace Service (CPS) deals with conflicts over the use of natural resources in the course of cross-border transhumance.

The following programs and projects are currently running:

  • Rural development
    Food security and strengthening resilience Protection against
    erosion, reclamation and valorisation of degraded areas
    Agricultural development
  • Sustainable infrastructure
    Support for the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) / Autorité du Bassin du Fleuve Niger (ABN)
    Project management and technical advice on road maintenance,
    drinking water and sanitation program in small and medium-sized cities
    Energy efficiency and renewable energies to fight poverty in the Sahel
  • Social development
    PRO-Enfant, implementation of children’s rights in Burkina Faso

Promotion of the rights of women, children and young people

  • State and Democracy Good Financial Governance: Moving to a Program Budget

Decentralization and municipal development
Advising the Ministry of Economics and Finance

German development cooperation activities focus on the south-west and east of the country and the capital Ouagadougou.

Other bilateral development organizations

With the Agence Française de Développement, France is still the most important partner in bilateral development cooperation.

Next to it are

  • Denmark
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • the Republic of China (Taiwan)
  • the Switzerland
  • and Austria

the most committed partner countries in Burkina Faso.

The Dutch development service SNV continues to make its contribution in these areas despite the closure of the embassy

  • Agriculture
  • Renewable energy
  • Water

In 2005 Burkina Faso qualified for the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), a new instrument of US development cooperation. This new instrument is characterized by particularly strict but transparent award conditions. In this regard, the qualification for Burkina Faso brings a good reputation on the international level.

Multilateral Organizations

According to physicscat, Burkina Faso has been participating in the NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) process since 2001, a development program of the African Union in which African states commit themselves to ownership, transparency and accountability. Cord Jakobeit drew an interim balance after five years at NEPAD.

The EU is supporting Burkina Faso from 2014 to 2020 with 623 million euros.

Other important partners in multilateral development cooperation are:

  • African Development Bank
  • BOAD
  • World bank
  • IMF
  • IFAD
  • FAO

Non-governmental development cooperation

Some larger professional aid organizations run projects in Burkina Faso. They include:

  • World hunger Help
  • Help

Non-governmental initiatives, which are financed by donations and grants and whose sponsors are volunteers, also cooperate on a grass-roots basis and with an incomparably efficient cost-benefit ratio. They focus on human encounters.

In German-speaking countries there are more than 200 partnerships between groups, associations, places or schools with those in Burkina Faso. The best known is the more than 20 year old initiative of Katrin Rohde : Sahel eV.. With her association AMPO, the former bookseller from Plön, ” Mama Tenga “, has several places of refuge, training, work and living in Ouagadougou and the surrounding area Orphans, street children, the disabled and young people who cannot be accommodated by existing social networks were created. The Katrin Rohde Foundation has ensured the sustainability of the facilities for ten years.

The work of the ” Solidarity Circle West Africa ” under the direction of notary “Charly” Simonis is impressive because of the enormous number of school buildings that arose from his private initiative.

The associations ” FATHIMA eV ” based in Bad Honnef and Kinderhilfe-Westafrika eV in Thuringia specifically support the education of girls in Burkina Faso.

Some other initiatives are:

  • TIKATO – Bread for the World working group (for 40 years in Wetzlar)
  • Against NOMA eV
  • SEWA eV (solar technology)
  • City partnership Lahnstein – Ouahigouya
  • Partnership association Garango – Ladenburg eV
  • Laafi (Austrian initiative)

The German- Burkinabe Friendship Society (DBFG) continuously updates a list of associations, organizations and other groups that deal with Burkina Faso in Germany and shows their locations in Germany and Burkina Faso on maps.

Precisely because of their closeness to the grassroots, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are required to be highly sensitive and understand the foreign mentality, especially since private development aid stands and falls with the reliability of the local partners. Naive lack of need, which does not think beyond one’s own standards and goodwill, often leads to disappointment and abandonment.

Burkina Faso Development Policy Part 2