Together with our partner organizations, Diakonia has more than 20 years of experience in changing the lives of vulnerable people in Burkina Faso. The main objective of Diakonia's work is to improve the living conditions of people living in poverty at the grassroots level, as well as working for policy influence at a national level.
A poor country with a young population
Around 43 per cent of the population in Burkina Faso lives in absolute poverty. The country is marked by a high adult illiteracy rate, poor access to health services and widening income gaps between the rich and poor. Another issue is the seasonal migration, due to the fact that almost one tenth of the population in Burkina Faso migrates abroad yearly.
Almost 60 per cent of the population of Burkina Faso is below the age of 20. They face many problems relating to drugs, reproductive health, unemployment and lack of confidence in the government. They are therefore a necessary group to target for the fight against poverty.
With few natural resources, Burkina Faso depends on agricultural economy that has a hard time countering the rampant population growth and the climatic hazards, who alternate between frequent droughts and large floods.
Diakonia and our partner organizations
Diakonia and our partner organizations works with raising awareness among citizens about their rights, organising people and strengthening civil society. We do this by systematic capacity building and monitoring for change. An important part of this work is to strengthen our partner organizations' advocacy skills and their knowledge in using information technology.
Gender analysis, sensitivity regarding HIV and AIDS and a rights-based approach are mainstreamed in all our activities. In addition, support in financial management, accounting and monitoring are all important elements that enable our partner organizations to be effective on the ground.
New programme targeting the young
Diakonia in Burkina Faso has developed a program for the period 2012-2014 based on a contextual analysis conducted in 2011. The program includes new themes for Diakonia's work in Burkina Faso, such as youth and sexual and reproductive health (SRHR). It aims to strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations to guarantee equal access to basic social services and to promote equal rights and opportunities for women and men in all areas of conduct.
Examples of progress
Some significant progress regarding gender issues and education have been made in Burkina Faso during the recent years. In 2009, a law regarding the gender quotas of elected officials was adopted. Another significant progress is the adoption of a more vocationally oriented literacy curriculum. The curriculum promotes professional insertion after school, and the national adoption of bilingual education.
A recent result of our work is the increased ability for civil society actors and citizens to participate in decision making processes. Diakonia has together with our partner organizations CDCAP and RAJ been involved in this process through electoral observation training and capacity building regarding the importance of political influence for civil society organizations.
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