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Burkina Faso

CARE started work in: 2017

Burkina Faso ranks 182 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (HDI). CARE International has an established presence in the country through partner projects including WA-WASH, IPAD, and PRODIATA.

History of CARE International's work in Burkina Faso

CARE International first began working in Burkina Faso in 2017 through projects implemented through partners, including such as WA-WASH, which focuses on water, sanitation, and hygiene, and IPAD, which focuses on women's empowerment. 

In 2018, we established a physical presence in the country with the PRODIATA project. PRODIATA aims to reduce the risks of conflict related to livestock management, and to improve the nutrition and food security of coastal and pastoral populations.

What CARE International does in Burkina Faso

In recent years Burkina Faso has experienced growing insecurity due to violent conflict from armed groups. This has led to displacement and increased humanitarian needs across the country. Burkina Faso also remains vulnerable to climatic shocks related to changes in rainfall patterns. 

Because of their limited access to land and basic education and absence in household and community decision-making, women and children are most vulnerable to risks associated with displacement, including access to food, water and sanitation facilities, shelter, and healthcare. CARE International works to identify funding and partners that can best meet the needs of those at risk.

Reach and impact data
Total participants reached in 2023
  • Direct 368,837
  • Women & girls 48%
  • Indirect -
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Please note that the figures in this site may not be the same as those reported to donors or host governments based on different reporting periods. CARE's international aggregated reporting mechanisms always use the Fiscal Year from July to June.

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