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Published on: 08/07/2016

Samboo Segbo, Local technician, Gorgadji commune, Burkina Faso

‘Servicing of hand pumps has improved greatly. The detailed systems for regular supervision of the mechanics enable me to know what’s happening each month: types of breakdowns, the pumps that are affected and repair costs. Because of this, the average length of a borehole breakdown fell from six days in 2013 to two days in 2015.’

Sambo Segbo, Local technician, Gorgadji commune, Burkina Faso

In the Gorgadji commune in Burkina Faso, we’ve been actively working alongside a local government partner. And in the two years since 2013, the percentage of working water systems has increased from 18% to 96%.

In 2015 the service delivery approach has been fully adopted in the country’s national WASH policy. The human right to water and sanitation has been included in the constitution of Burkina Faso and the newly elected president has made a commitment to improve WASH services in the country during his time in office.

This is great news for Sambo and others living in Burkina Faso, but there’s still a lot of work to do. Our biggest challenge is that the achievements on the ground are still too dependent on our support. We need to keep providing solutions at political, strategic and operational levels to build the country’s capacity to sustain these improvements independently.

More highlights and challenges

Read IRC''s Annual report 2015 and learn about the other highlights of 2015 and how we helped the Government of Ghana to develop a robust national monitoring system which led to an increase in the number of districts collecting data on water services or how we are building partnerships in India to work towards a country which is Open Defecation Free by 2019. 

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