The programme began with a humanitarian focus, but now includes advocacy work, especially in economic justice and governance, and supporting the development of strong civil society organisations.
The Sahel region is affected by food insecurity, conflict and natural disasters, such as drought and locust plagues. In Burkina Faso, more than 10 in every 1,000 children die before their fifth birthday. Malnutrition accounts for a third of these deaths.
Like its neighbouring countries, Burkina Faso is experiencing rising temperatures, making it more vulnerable to drought. Many parts of the country have also suffered devastating floods in recent years, and the country is still suffering the effects of food crises.
In Burkina Faso, we aim to develop transformational solutions to climate variability and disasters for one million Burkinabe through improved climate prediction, behaviour change and the sharing of expertise and resilience technology.
This will be achieved through four key actions:
- Climate information sharing mechanisms are easy to use by communities and mechanisms for knowledge exchange are established in 353 villages of Burkina Faso, to transmit regular, reliable and comprehensible information on climate change, seasonal forecasting, early warning and practical solutions to build resilience.
- The livelihoods of the most vulnerable people in 353 targeted villages in Burkina Faso are improved by appropriate and sustainable interventions to reduce their vulnerability to variability, climate extremes and disasters.
- Strengthening the capacity of local actors to respond to variability, climate extremes and disasters.
- Improve understanding of what is working in building resilience to climate extremes and disasters and what constitute progressive and transformational change, including the factors affecting them.
In Burkina Faso we work on...
Where we work
Our Sahel programme operates in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Senegal. In Burkina Faso, the project is implemented in three regions: East, Centre North and North. These include:
- four provinces: Passoré, Namentenga, Sanmatenga and Gnagna
- 13 municipalities: Samba, Latoden, Bagare, Tougouri, Zéguédéguin, Yalgo, Bouroum, Nagbingou, Pensa, Pissila, Bilanga, Bogandé, Piéla;
- and 353 villages.