SEATTLE — Burkina Faso has become a beacon for development projects, poised for rapid expansion towards a more sustainable developing country. Most recently, they received an estimated $60 million from the International Development Association, directed at enhancing their livestock productivity. The World Bank has significantly contributed to the country in order to promote sustainability to lift the country out of poverty. They have helped finance development projects which aim to stimulate the economy through various sectors. Donors, foreign countries and international organizations have also invested large sums of money in numerous sectors of the economy. These five development projects in Burkina Faso are possible because of those investments.
Urban Water Sector Project
One of the five development projects in Burkina Faso is centered on providing better access to clean water to increase sanitation services for Burkinabes residing in both rural and urban areas. The Urban Water Sector Project, developed by the World Bank, has resulted in immense success. Since December 2016, “about 610,000 people have gained access to piped water via household connection and standpipes.” Additionally, “440,000 people have gained access to improved sanitation – with 120,000 students benefitting from sustained water.” The success of this project has been brought about by a combination of engagement from both the private and public sectors, working together to allocate resources and funding through donors in an efficient way.
Livestock Sector Development Support Project
Another project orchestrated by the World Bank, this is geared towards the agricultural sector of the economy that has been suffering as of late. This project, which was initiated on July 20, 2017, “will help enhance productivity and commercialization of non-pastoral animal products in selected value chains.” Following this project, the African Development Bank decided to invest $910 million in Burkina Faso over the next five years. Plans to reduce the growing disparity between both rural and urban regions through agricultural reform pay dividends to a country eager to better prepare itself for crises that hamper the livestock sector.
Reproductive Health Project
Additionally, Burkina Faso has taken major steps to provide greater access to health services for its citizens. The Reproductive Health Project, enacted in March 2016, is programmed to “improve the utilization and quality of reproductive health services in the Recipient’s territory.” This initiative will also introduce interventions that will target populations who are susceptible to viruses such as HIV. USAID has also played a role in health education, funding multiple sectors of the economy to ignite positive change.
Burkina Faso Public Sector Modernization Program
In regards to civil society, the government of Burkina Faso is also addressing the needs of its population in terms of education, justice, labor and civil service. Most of the pillars that make up this project focus on revitalizing and strengthening such methods and approaches to better its social services. The targeted regions of the ministries will be able to focus on “human resource capacity framework and improve staff working conditions which are affected by outdated equipment and physical infrastructure.” Civil servants are the backbone of this project, who will ultimately measure the success of the project by how the newest approaches will advance society in a more prosperous way.
Economic Governance and Citizen Engagement Project
Through economic governance, the core of this project is to reform the central government by strengthening “accountability mechanisms, revenue collection systems and public expenditure management.” The Economic Governance and Citizen Engagement Project also involves key sub-components which are structured towards government transparency, financial mobility and providing ongoing support towards public services.
Aside from these five development projects in Burkina Faso, the government of Burkina Faso faces more immense challenges ahead. Managing resources in order to provide more robust opportunities for Burkinabes is critical to the development of a country in which 45 percent of the population remains below the poverty line.
– Alexandre Dumouza