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This working paper reviews the institutional setup and financial flows for water supply and sanitation in the commune of Houndé, Burkina Faso.

TitleMapping public finance for WASH in Burkina Faso
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHumphreys, E
Pagination22 p. : 6 fig., 7 tab.
Date Published05/2017
Place PublishedThe Hague, The Netherlands
Publication LanguageEnglish

To achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6, universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation by 2030, the government of Burkina Faso will need to make a significant financial commitment, mobilise the funding and deploy it effectively. However, allocations from the Burkinabé government for water and sanitation have decreased annually since 2011. Also external aid for water and sanitation has been reduced. In addition, the distribution of finance did not follow the official criteria policy to address areas of greatest need.

In the municipality of Houndé, public finance at the local level is minimal and transfers of centralized sources of public finance and external aid are limited and unpredictable. This constrains Houndé’s ability to finance the development, maintenance, and operations of water and sanitation infrastructure.

Municipalities often rely on financing from short-term and long-term partners. These other sources of financing replace rather than augment public finance at the municipal level and challenge the effectiveness of external aid. Without significant attention by the Burkinabé government to address the reductions and allocations of public finance, Burkina Faso will be challenged to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 in both urban and rural settings.

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