A woman with daughters in the village Kuyende pestle millet. Together with local volunteer organisations, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is collaborating with residents in five smaller communities.
Photo: Göran Björkdahl, Sida
Our work in Burkina Faso
Since 2000, Sweden has contributed to Burkina Faso’s development in the areas of democracy and human rights, as well as the environment and natural resources. General budget support up to and including 2012 comprised around half of the total support.
Burkina Faso’s development plan (PNDES) focuses on a strong and sustainable growth with job creation and welfare. At the same time that agriculture is expected to increase its productivity, efforts are being made to broaden the economy by refining more agricultural products in the country.
Democracy, society building and human rights
The country’s democratic development is still fragile, but steady progress has been made in the past decade. The position of women has improved although slowly.
Sweden supports the civil society organisations Diakonia, National Democratic Institute and Centre pour la Gouvernance Démocratie (CGD) and their work with human rights and gender equality, and to combat corruption and increase the citizens’ possibilities to hold decision makers accountable. The organisations in turn collaborate with a large number of local organisations.
This way, Sweden contributes to giving the civil society a voice in the political dialogue and increasing the possibilities for vulnerable groups to have their rights met and prevent further violations.
Sweden contributes to a fund from which organisations can apply for financing for gender equality projects. Sweden also supports both the Burkina Faso Ministry for the Promotion of Women and the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights, and Civic Promotion so that they will increase their knowledge and capacity to integrate equality and human rights into their work.
Statistics Sweden (SCB) cooperates with its equivalent in Burkina Faso INSD to strengthen its ability to produce reliable statistics for planning and follow-up of Burkina Faso’s development. Sweden also supports a planned census.
Environment and natural resources
Nearly everyone in Burkina Faso is directly dependent on what nature provides. Agriculture employs 80 per cent of the country’s population. In a country that is often truck by severe drought, it is especially important that the limited water resources are handled in the right way. Sida supports the work for a better planning and a fairer supply of water and sanitation. A result of this is that 76 per cent of the people in the countryside and 97 per cent in the cities have access to clean drinking water.
Sweden also provides financing for equipment and construction of a total of 12 reservoirs for rain water so that water can be stored during the dry periods and be used for livestock and agriculture.
Sweden has helped the Ministry of Environment to develop a coherent programme for the entire environmental area, including forestry. Local forest management and small village companies that work with forest products have been developed with the help of the organisation TREE-AID, which Sweden supports.
Sweden has financed a fund for local climate adaptation through IUCN. This includes some 30 projects for land use as well as a number of small businesses that have provided incomes to more than 300 people, mainly women.
Sweden has also contributed to 22 Burkinians earning their PhDs at Swedish universities between 2001 and 2011, mainly in the area of natural resources. All of them work in Burkina Faso today.
Regional support that affects Burkina Faso
Within the area of the environment and natural resources, Burkina Faso is directly affected by the following Swedish-funded projects:
- Coordination of climate adaptation in West Africa (ECOWAS)
- Coordination of water management in West Africa (ECOWAS)
- Natural resource management in the Volta River catchment area (IUCN)
- Fighting poverty in large dam projects (IUCN)
- Local forestry management and REDD+ (Codesria)
- Resilience in agriculture (AGRA)
- Greater productivity in agriculture (AfDB-AFTF)