Burkina Faso

We’re working with 15 communities in Burkina Faso to ensure that development is informed by the perspectives of people most at risk.


Random household surveys


Civil society surveys


Local government surveys

Key findings and conclusions at the national level

  • There is a need to improve the enabling environment for building resilience at the local level, especially in terms of legal mechanisms, community engagement and improved information dissemination
  • Improvement is needed in the inclusion of vulnerable groups (such as children and youth, women, elderly and people with disabilities) in assessment, planning, implementation and monitoring of risk reduction activities
  • Coherence between disaster risk reduction, development, ecosystem management and climate change strategies, policies and plans are missing, thereby resulting in development investment and projects at the local level not being risk-informed

Surveys undertaken in Burkina Faso

Our Views from the Frontline surveys in Burkina Faso were undertaken in 2019.

Who was surveyed?

We surveyed 1,493 random households, 151 civil society organisations, 150 local government representatives, and undertook 75 community consultations.

Risk locations prioritised

We prioritised three risk areas:

  • Région du Centre
  • Région du Centre Nord
  • Région de l’Est

Communities surveyed

We surveyed people from 15 communities: Commune de Komsilga, Commune de Saaba, Arrondissement N°6, Arrondissement N°7, Arrondissement N°8, Village de Wapassi, Village de Tibtenga, Village de Kienma-Yarsé, Village de Kolma, Village de Nionko, Commune de Pama, Commune de Kompienga, Commune de Diapangou, Commune de Diabo, Commune de Tibga

“In order to ensure effective community participation in development actions, the authorities responsible for these actions must focus on information sharing so that we [have the] same level of information [and] if there is a problem, it can be solved.”

Community representative, North Central Region, Burkina Faso

Our impact

Activities undertaken in response to community-level findings and conclusions

  • Training and capacity-building of the municipal councillors on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and how to take DRR approaches into account for local development plans
  • Strengthening of disaster management committee on early warning systems
  • Advocacy campaigns on the need for community participation in DRR processes, gender equality, and equitable to access to employment
  • Setting up of a community-level disaster management committee and information watch committee to monitor community development actions and initiate radio programmes to sensitise communities to the impact of disasters
  • Organised an advocacy meeting with local government authorities to share information and take into account women’s agendas in the programming of community development actions
  • Delivered a workshop with local government representatives and women community members to empower them and defend their right to access resources

Impact of activities

  • The initiatives reduced the information gap and also increased the rate of participation of communities, including women, in development actions and information on risk-informed development approaches in the community
  • Community members actively participated in community-level action planning, assessment, implementation and monitoring led by the government to address disaster risks and threats
  • Increased understanding among local government representatives on the need for the inclusion of community members in community development plans

Our project partners in Burkina Faso

Our Views from the Frontline programme is implemented by GNDR member organisations and partners in the country.

National coordinating organisation

  • Réseau pour le Développement et la promotion d’approches Participatives (RESEAU MARP BURKINA)

Partner organisations

  • Réseau pour le Développement et la promotion d’approches Participatives (RESEAU MARP BURKINA)
  • Alliance Technique d’Assistance au Développement (ATAD)
  • Association Développement Solidaire Durable (Devso)

View all data from Burkina Faso

You can view all our Views from the Frontline survey data using our data dashboard. You can also learn more about our methodology for selecting at-risk areas and survey respondents.

Project funded by

European Union

Our Views from the Frontline project is funded by the European Union (EU). Content related to this project on our website was made possible by the support of the EU. All content is the sole responsibility of GNDR and does not necessarily reflect the views of the EU.

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Photo credit

Image by YODA Adaman from Unsplash.