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- Stratégie de coopération avec le Burkina Faso 2007 - 2012
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Website of the Cooperation Office (SDC) Burkina Faso: www.cooperation-suisse.admin.ch/burkinafaso/
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Rural development and food security
Increasing rural incomes
The vast majority of Burkina Faso's population live and work on family farms. In the field of rural development, Switzerland aims to support the modernisation of family farms, focusing on:
- animal husbandry
- market gardening
- rice cultivation
- non-wood forest products
Mastering agricultural techniques adapted to their environment and enhancing the value of the products they sell enables local people to earn higher incomes and makes them more resilient in the event of food crises.
Encouraging partnerships among stakeholders
By supporting farmers' organisations, the SDC gives livestock producers, farmers and other stakeholders the means to take an active part in political dialogue.
Éducation de base et formation professionnelle
Diversifying education and training opportunities
Although there has been a marked improvement over the last decade, much work remains to be done to ensure universal access to education. Switzerland is focusing its efforts on the diversification of educational opportunities, particularly through:
- teacher training
- the production of teaching materials
- vocational education and training
- creating alternatives to the school system for people who did not have access to education
The SDC is continuing its support for literacy centres and aims to ensure that all children aged 9 to 14 learn to read and write by 2021.
Decentralisation to strengthen capacities
By channelling the funding of projects through Burkina Faso's local communes, the SDC enables local political actors to strengthen their management capacity. The aim is to decentralise the administration of primary and secondary education by 2021.
State an Economic Reforms
Promoting democratic governance
Burkina Faso enjoys remarkable political stability compared with the rest of West Africa. In order to strengthen the country's political institutions, Switzerland encourages citizens' participation in political life, for example by funding social and political science think tanks, contributing to the proper conduct of elections, and encouraging transparency in the tax system and the trade in raw materials.
Strengthening public services in outlying regions
The Swiss programme focuses on strengthening local stakeholders and helps them strengthen commercial, water and road infrastructures. This enables municipalities to improve their financial, technical and practical capacity to manage resources.
More transparency for a stronger state
The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is engaged in political dialogue with the government of Burkina Faso and provides it with budgetary support for the implementation of its poverty-reduction strategy. Swiss support – both SECO's and the SDC's – is helping to strengthen the institutional and organisational capacity of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, to bring public finances under control, and to fight fraud, forgery and corruption.
History of cooperation
For more than 40 years in the "Land of upright people"
In the context of the famine that afflicted the Sahel region in the early 1970s, Switzerland opened a cooperation office in Burkina Faso's capital city, Ouagadougou, in 1974. Burkina Faso has been a priority country of the SDC since 1976. Since 1994, SECO has also provided supplementary budget support and other economic assistance. Switzerland also provides humanitarian aid and food assistance directly and through non-governmental organisations. Since 2007, Swiss development cooperation has focused on specific thematic areas.
|Source: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2013|
Background information provided by the BBC
Local SDC contact address:
Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)
Bureau de la Coopération Suisse au Burkina Faso
|Phone||+226 503 06729
|Fax||+226 503 10466|
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