Where: The urban commune of Banfora, the capital of Burkina Faso’s south-western Cascades Region. It is a relatively prosperous and urbanised commune with strong and committed local government leadership.
Population: About 154.000 in 2019, projected to rise to 235.000 by 2030.
Main challenge: In urban areas, water is supplied from the Moussodougou dam. People in rural areas depend on water from two simple piped drinking water supply systems and from 227 boreholes with hand pumps. One of the main challenges in Banfora is the number of people who still use a limited (23%) or an unimproved water source (8%).
The district WASH master plan in Banfora responds to these challenges.
2017: Preparation, strategic diagnosis and master plan formulation
IRC started supporting a master planning process in the commune of Banfora in 2017. This process took place in several stages:
Preparations: this stage was all about ensuring the commitment of the municipal authorities and setting up of a communal commission in charge of water and sanitation.
Strategic diagnosis: in 2017 an in-depth assessment of Banfora’s of the provision of water and sanitation services was conducted. This assessment included:
2018-2021: Implementation of the first phase of the Banfora WASH Master Plan
The implementation phase of Banfora's "strategic plan for SDG 6"was launched on 5 October 2018. The municipal team was supported by IRC to make the transition from planning to implementation of this plan. This stage included transfer of knowledge and skills to the municipal Water and Sanitation Technical Department (STMEA). This support included support to:
Implementation of the master plan has included:
Other outcomes include:
Government leadership, supported by a coalition of partners, and coordinated by a hub led by IRC, is at the heart of the successful development and implementation of the master plan. The following partners are involved: