The security situation in Burkina Faso is having a significant impact on populations’ living conditions in certain regions in the country. With the deterioration of the security context, several cities are now confronted with massive arrivals of displaced populations from areas worst affected by insecurity. The arrival of these inhabitants in urban centres in the Eastern, Northern, Central-Northern and Sahel regions is considerably increasing demand for drinking water supply, ensured by the National Office of Water and Sanitation (Onea), communes and the Ministry of Water and Sanitation (MEA).
With a view to supporting the Burkinabe government to meet this supply challenge, GRET and its partners (Onea, Solidarités international and Groupe URD) initiated the project to “Strengthen the resilience of public drinking water services in crisis contexts in Burkina Faso”. This initiative, implemented to improve populations’ living conditions in the cities covered by the project, was made possible with the signature of a funding agreement on Friday 9 April 2021 at Onea headquarters in Ouagadougou. With a budget of 1,500,000 euros, this agreement was signed by the French Ambassador, the Country director of NGO Solidarités International, the Executive director of Onea and the Executive director of Agence française de développement (AFD).
Funded by AFD and USAID, this project will make it possible to provide urgent assistance to approximately 360,000 people in terms of water, hygiene and sanitation.