Civil society mobilize to provide access to safe water in Burkina Faso

Current developments in Burkina Faso have called for greater access to safe drinking water and better hygiene in the country’s poorest areas. Civil society groups and associations in Burkina Faso play a leading role in national dialogue and water policy in providing access to water. One of the important contributions of civil society groups on April 17th 2008 was the presentation of a comprehensive study on drinkable water availability in rural areas of Burkina Faso. The study was presented at an important meeting attended by various civil society groups, technical partners, financial institutions and development agencies.

Recent meetings, workshops and international water forums organized by Green Cross Burkina Faso and civil society groups in Ouagadougou present future opportunities as well as challenges in the water sector. Green Cross Burkina Faso brought together civil society groups and initiated various events between various stakeholders to seek solutions for water access in rural areas of Burkina Faso. President of Green Cross Burkina Faso Ousseni Diallo, who is also the Head of the National Civil Society Association for Water Access and Hygiene (CCEPA), has initiated a national forum between civil society and the Ministry of Agriculture to determine results and challenges of the national water supply and hygiene program.
The CCEPA association of NGOs in Burkina Faso headed by Ousseni Diallo identifies the needs and present future opportunities for providing water to the country’s poorest. The establishment of water access points across the country by Green Cross reinforces the importance of civil society to optimize access to water in rural areas. The Green Cross Access to Water Programme has reached about 15,000 people across the Yatenga region in Burkina Faso, one of the driest parts of the world with water resources for improved health and hygiene. The active involvement of local populations and authorities is crucial to the success of national water programmes and the fundamental importance of future meetings and the recent study carried out by CCEPA is the empowerment of people to provide access to water.
For more information on the Green Cross Burkina Faso activities, please consult the programme sections on the GCI website.

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