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Overview of the 2011-2015 UNICEF-Burkina Faso Cooperation Programme

UNICEF in Burkina Faso


UNICEF in Burkina Faso

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UNICEF began to provide assistance to Republic of Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) in 1961 following a Framework Agreement between the Government of Upper Volta and the United Nations Children's Fund. This assistance, coordinated and executed from the Regional Office in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) touched the following intervention areas: health, social services, education and rural water supply. In 1978 the representation structure of the support services of UNICEF in Burkina Faso changes.

The Sub Office of Ouagadougou: 1978-1983
The office opened in August 1978 with the mission:
• help Burkina Faso particularly affected by the effects of drought through emergency interventions.
• provide support to the concerned zone offices (Abidjan, Dakar, Yaoundé) and liaising with other emergency organizations against drought and desertification.
The sub Ouagadougou office led an operation plan covering 1978-1980 period while pursuing sectoral operations. He participated in two key programs of the Government that are the following:
• Community Development through the Regional Development Agencies Policy (DSB) of Koupéla in the Central East region and Kaya in the north-central region.
• The Authority of development of the Valley of Volta (AVV), an industrial and commercial public society created in 1974.

The full service country office: 1983
On 18 February 1980 an agreement was signed between Burkina Faso and UNICEF. A new 1981-1983 operational plan is signed and enters its implementation phase on the 1rst January 1981. Both parties propose, according to terms of the plan, to improve the living conditions of the group "Child-Youth-wife” by ensuring greater access to health services, education, and vocational training. This plan must be executed in accordance with the priorities of the National Economic and Social Development Plan, which included the following sectors: public health, social affairs, education, rural development and rural water supply.

May 1983
The sub office of UNICEF moved into a country office and is engaged in the strategy of GOBBI FFF (Growth chart, Oral Rehydration Therapy, Breast feeding, immunization, Food supplement, Familly Femal spacing and education) in Burkina Faso, the first country in the world that has adopted it. GOBBI FFF is a strategy against mortality and infant morbidity.

UNICEF undertakes with the government, the situation analysis of children and women in Burkina Faso in a three-dimensional perspective: first clarify the government's priorities in social policy relating to women and children, then identify obstacles to the rational promotion of social policy content, and finally develop and run a program that better meets the needs of the target populations in order to achieve real development.

July 29, 1987
The Government of Burkina Faso and UNICEF sign a new plan of operation of the 1988-1991 cooperation program. This plan also takes into account the priorities identified in the 1986-1990 Burkina popular development Five-Year Plan. Childbearing woman age is placed at the center of the programming. The intervention areas are concentrated in 12 provinces out of 30: Bam, Bougouriba Gnagna, Gourma, Houet, Kadiogo, Namentenga, Sanmatenga, Soum, Sourou, Tapoa, and Yatenga.

June 1988
UNICEF organized with the Government of national days of reflection on UNICEF-Government of Burkina Faso’s programming.

The zone office of Dori 2014
A mid-term review took place in June 2013 and allowed to make a first results assessment  over the 2011-2013 period, to revisit the strategies used, to reflect on the challenges presented to children and women in a scalable context, and draw lessons for the 2014-2015 period.
Operationally, this review led to the increased presence of UNICEF in the Sahel region with the opening of a zone office in Dori for more effectiveness of program interventions through a local support in connection with the United Nations Strategy for the Sahel adopted by the UN Security Council in 2012 following the political crisis in Northern Mali in early 2012.



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