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In Burkina Faso the political commitment for sanitation is unequivocal

The first lady of Burkina Faso has pledged her support for the “Fasotoilettes 2017” campaign.


IRC and their partners have been saying it for years: to achieve universal sanitation by 2030 (SDG6-2), the commitment of all stakeholders is essential – from the top to the active participation of citizens at grass roots level. We all remember that the President of Burkina Faso made water and sanitation a priority in his electoral campaign and since his election the Government has continued to show its commitment to sanitation and supports the participatory approach promoted by many NGOs by calling on all the citizens of Burkina to get involved.

And on 23 January, it is the wife of the President, Mrs. Sika Kaboré, who added her voice to this movement, showing the importance she accords to the subject by joining the people’s campaign for toilets, “FASOTOILETTES 2017, presiding the opening ceremony.


Fasotoilettes 2017 launch ceremony by Mrs Sika Kaboré

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SaniFaso: a learning sanitation project in Burkina Faso

The SaniFaso project aims to eradicate open defecation in 12 partnering communes (the lowest level of administrative division) in Burkina Faso.

The four-year rural sanitation project, which started in December 2010, will  construct 16,000 latrines, train local masons and carry out hygiene promotion campaigns.

The European Commission is co-funding this 3 million Euro project. The implementing agencies are the French NGO Eau-Vive, in association with WaterAid Burkina FasoHelvetasGIZ/PEA and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.

During AfricaSan 3 conference in July 2011, SaniFaso released a project video explaining why and how it is a learning project.

For more about SaniFaso see

Briefing Note on Mapping EU Support for Sanitation in Africa

The Briefing Note “Mapping EU Support for Sanitation in Africa”, published by the EU Water Initiative (EUWI) Africa Working Group, is based on a full study by WEDC in association with Hydroconseil. The purpose of the study is to obtain an overview of the status of the involvement of EU Member States and the European Commission in sanitation-related activities in Africa. It is anticipated that the findings of this work will have the potential to be used for both arguing for greater priority for sanitation within the international architecture and also for individual donors to use in discussing their own Official Development Assistance (ODA).

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WASHCost reveals higher capital costs for sanitation than water, and high expenditure on soap

WASHCost logoMost sanitation costs in rural and peri-urban areas are borne by households and when these are taken into account, the per capita costs are actually higher than those for water. State expenditure on capital maintenance, operation and maintenance, and direct and indirect support costs for sanitation is minimal in all four research countries of the WASHCost project. Households in Africa are spending surprisingly high amounts on soap. These are some of the findings that were presented at the IRC Symposium in The Hague on 16-18 November 2010.

The WASHCost project is working with partners in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique and in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh to collect and analyse cost data for water and sanitation services in rural and peri-urban areas. The overall aim is to build better cost data into country systems to increase the quality of services, especially targeting issues of poverty, equity and cost-effectiveness.

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Sanitation costs and financing – presentations at IRC’s 2010 Symposium

The following papers on sanitation costs and financing were presented at the IRC Symposium 2010, ‘Pumps, Pipes and Promises: Costs, Finances and Accountability for Sustainable WASH Services’, held in The Hague from 16-18 November.

The economics of sanitation initiatives (ESI) for sanitation decision making in Southeast Asia. Author: Guy Hutton

This presentation discusses cost data from 5 Southeast Asian countries in various forms (by technology, by site/project, by hardware/software, by financing source, by timing, and under different infrastructure capacity use levels) to aid decision makers in intervention selection and to draw more general lessons about sanitation financing, efficiency and sustainability. Cost data were triangulated from household surveys, project or provider documents and local market surveys to estimate investment and annualized life cycle costs per household and per individual.

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WaterAid – World Toilet Day 2010: Burkina Faso

Call for proposals: rural household sanitation Burkina Faso

EuropeAid has launched a Euro 10 million call for proposals (in French only) for rural household sanitation projects in Burkina Faso covering the following types of activity

  • rural household latrine construction
  • animation / hygiene awareness
  • training staff of regional departments and local communities in household sanitation
  • support to municipalities in developing their Municipal Development Plan (DCP) for water and sanitation
  • training of artisans / masons in household latrine production

Title: Composante ”assainissement familial eaux usées/excréta en milieu rural”
Reference: EuropeAid/129736/C/ACT/BF

Grant size: minimum Euro 1,5 million, max. Euro 2.5 million
Required cofinancing: min 50% and max 90% of total eligible costs
Project duration: 3-4 years

For full information and to apply go the EuropeAid’s Call for Proposals page, click on Search by reference and fill in 129736

Please note: do not send applications or requests for more information to this blog

Burkina Faso: Inadequate hygiene conditions put thousands at risk

International humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger | ACF International has mounted an emergency response after the heaviest rainfall in almost a century destroyed major parts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, affecting more than 150,000 people. 50,000 people have sought refuge in dozens of temporary shelter sites throughout the capital.

On 1st September [2009], more than 10 inches of rainfall dropped in a 12-hour period, flooding 50% of the capital and leaving tens of thousands of people homeless. The displaced have sought refuge at 88 temporary sites across the capital, each sheltering between 200 and 1500 people. The authorities are concerned about the inappropriate water and sanitation facilities at the temporary shelter sites and worsening hygiene conditions.

Working closely with the authorities and other humanitarian actors on the ground, Action Against Hunger is launching an emergency response to assist 6,000 people affected by the flooding by improving hygiene conditions in 12 temporary shelters with funding from the City of Paris and the French Foreign Ministry. Action Against Hunger plans to put in place sanitation systems to provide basic hygiene standards. 150 latrines as well as washing areas and showers will be constructed and hygiene kits will be distributed to the displaced. Action Against Hunger will also monitor the water and sanitation situation to ensure that a minimum of 15 litres of safe water per person per day is available in line with international minimum standards in disaster response.

The torrential rainfall in Burkina Faso was the worst since 1914. Existing systems are not adapted to deal with an emergency of this proportion. The situation also is precarious in neighbouring countries where torrential rainfall and flooding have affected 600,000 people.

Source: ACF International, 10 Sep 2009

Burkina Faso: Schoolchildren adopt improved sanitation and hygiene practices

For the students at the Weotenga Primary School [in Weotenga village] in central Burkina Faso, handwashing with soap is anything but a chore. In fact, it’s the latest craze, thanks to efforts by UNICEF to elevate the importance of personal hygiene in the region.

“I always wash my hands with soap after going to toilet,” says Ousmane Compaoré, 12, motioning towards a UNICEF-provided handwashing sink in front of the school’s lavatory.


In a different village, Natenga, there is a new mud-brick toilet facility roofed with iron sheets and supported by a pile of stones. It is equipped with a ventilation system and a waste outlet mechanism to facilitate emptying.

The village’s Hygiene and Sanitation Programme supervisor, Ouédraogo Congo, proudly shows off the facility, which was built by her husband, a mason, with the support of UNICEF and the Regional Centre for Low Cost Water Supply and Sanitation (CREPA). […] Since 2005, UNICEF and CREPA have been helping the families in this village acquire latrines.

Read more: Jean-Jacques Nduita, UNICEF, 22 Jan 2009

Burkina Faso: Association of Municipalities launches EUR 1.6 million rural WASH project

Burkina Faso’s Association of Municipalities – Association des municipalités du Burkina Faso (AMBF) – officially launched a programme to expand water and sanitation services in Bam, Kourweogo, and Mouhoun provinces. Funded to the tune of EUR 1.63 million by the NGO SOS Sahel International – Burkina Faso and its partners in France and Monaco, the programme will help families build 2433 individual latrines, 33 public latrines, and repair or build 66 boreholes, announced the head of SOS Sahel International – Burkina Faso, Alfred Sawadogo. The three-year programme is targetting the villages of Bousse in Kourweogo Province; Dedougou in Mouhoun Province; and Bourzanga, Guibare, Kongoussi, Sabce, and Tikare in Bam Province.

See the project web page here

Source: Hyacinthe Sanou, L’Observateur Paalga / allAfrica.com, 28 Aug 2008