- What we do
- Where we work
An overview of the issues, activities, projects and aims for a predominantly rural population.
Burkina Faso has an estimated population of 16 million inhabitants, 77 per cent of whom live outside urban areas. Water supply to these areas reaches 54 per cent but the sanitation situation in these areas is much more alarming; official figures range from less than one per cent to three per cent.
Our team undertakes extensive research in collaboration with local decision makers, users' associations, decentralised national services and district partners.
In Burkina Faso, IRC is working with the Ministry of Water, Hydraulic Infrastructure and Sanitation, local and regional governments, NGOs and service providers to provide universal access to clean water and the right to health and sanitation in a sustainable way by 2030. This vision has been translated into the collaboration agreement that binds the IRC with the Ministry, and under the terms of that agreement, IRC provides assistance to the Ministry in some key areas. These include the formulation, implementation and monitoring of policies and programmes, identifying and resolving bottlenecks in water, sanitation and hygiene services sustainability, co-ordination and guidance, facilitating dialogue, and regional and international co-operation in these fields.
In order to achieve these aims, our team undertakes extensive research in collaboration with local decision makers, users’ associations, decentralised national services and district partners. Together, we explore ways of improving the sustainability of drinking water, hygiene and sanitation services outside urban areas, and the methods for managing, operating and maintaining these services.
IRC activities include organising learning and sharing events, organising training sessions, facilitating learning and exchange platforms, developing innovative solutions to issues affecting the sector, and supporting dialogue and communication.