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Sida's work in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is moving in a democratic direction and is increasingly recognising political rights – but poverty and violence remain major challenges. Sida’s support aims to strengthen the democracy and human rights, as well as to promote a sustainable management of natural resources. Sida also works humanitarianly in Burkina Faso.

Sida’s support to Burkina Faso 2020

Progress has been made

More children and mothers survive

The number of children who dies before the age of five has more than halved since 2000 (from 180 to 76 out of 1,000 live births). The maternal mortality has also decreased.

Democracy is strengthened after free elections

Since the overthrow of former President Blaise Compaoré in 2014, two free elections have been held peacefully without major incidents – in 2015 and 2020. In the last election, as many as 10,652 candidates from 126 parties competed for seats in the National Assembly.

Support for strengthened resilience and biodiversity

The population around 34 forests in Burkina Faso has developed forest development and management plans, which increase the production of, among other things, honey and fruit. It strengthens biodiversity and helps reduce climate change and increase people’s incomes.

Weoog Paani pro-poor forestry in Burkina Faso 2019-2023 | Openaid

Challenges remain

Humanitarian and security crisis

The number of internally displaced persons fleeing violence and threats of violence has doubled in two years in Burkina Faso. By the end of 2020, just over one million Burkinis are on the run in their own country, while more than three million Burkinis live on food security and 285,000 children suffer from chronic malnutrition.

Lack of equality

Burkina Faso is one of the world’s least equal countries, with 147th out of 162 countries on the UNDP’s gender equality index (2019). The country still lacks civil society organizations that clearly work for women’s rights.

Schools are forced to close

One third of all children do not finish primary school. As a result of the security crisis, more than 2,500 schools have been closed, before covid-19.

Two types of aid in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, Sida implements development cooperation to contribute to long-term development of the country. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations.

Updated: 18 May 2021