Since 2015, Burkina Faso is a partner country of the Belgian Development Cooperation. Through this partnership Belgium aims to structurally support the country's democratic and social and economic development.


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A start-up programme was signed in 2016. Enabel is entrusted with the component on access to water. That very same year a project in the security sector, funded by the European Union, was added to this first bilateral programme. At the same time a cooperation programme for the 2019-2023 period is being prepared.

Access to drinking water

With the National Office for Water and Sanitation we improve the water supply to the city of Fada N’Gourma, in the east of Burkina Faso. We strengthen existing production capacity and expand the water distribution network to meet the needs of the city's population. In addition, assistance will be provided to organise the system for collecting sludge of latrines and septic tanks. Also, hygiene and sanitation will be promoted. 

Through another project we will improve the supply of drinking water to and the sanitation infrastructure for the 450 000 inhabitants of the city of Fada.

Strengthening domestic security

The Support Project to Strengthen Domestic Security in Burkina Faso was launched following the January 2016 terror attack in Ouagadougou. It aims to improve the coordination between the various security services in case of emergency. Early response teams were created and appropriately equipped and significant investments were agreed upon. 

The need for such efforts was highlighted on the occasion of a second terror attack in August 2017 and a third one in March 2018. On the medium term the project aims to reform the sector as a whole.

2019-2023 country portfolio

The new 2019 – 2023 country portfolio focuses on the Centre-East region and aims to contribute to sustainable inclusive economic and social development in the region. The new portfolio comprises four interventions: 

  • The promotion of entrepreneurship and the creation of employment (youth and women).
  •  Strengthening of security in Centre-East by means of support to community policing.
  •  Strengthening sexual and reproductive rights: ‘She Decides’.
  • Training programme, studies and expertise.
Enabel implements water and security projects in Burkina Faso.


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