Burkina Faso

Programme des communautés de Fada


Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa, north of Ghana.  Called “Upper Volta” in colonial times, the country lies in the savanna and Sahel zones, the wide band of semi-arid grasslands with scattered trees that separates the Sahara from the forested areas to the south. World Neighbours Canada supports the burkinabé NGO, APDC, (Association d’Appui à la Promotion du Développement Durable des Communautés ) and it is this organization that organizes and implements the project activities.

Role of the Canadian Government:

Currently, funding for the activities is being provided, in large part, by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) as part of the Canadian government’s initiatives for improved Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in developing countries. These initiatives will contribute to the reduction of mortality and morbidity, especially in mothers and infants, and also to improving nutrition and development of young children. The current funding grant from GAC covers the period March 2016 to the end of March 2021.

Program Description:

In Burkina Faso, the project aims to encourage prevention & treatment of childhood diseases, family planning, improved family food security and increased consumption of nutritious foods by children as well as increased participation of women in leadership roles in community organizations. Project activities will take place in 18 villages of the project area of Fada, a region in eastern Burkina Faso.. Our partner NGO, APDC, uses a participatory approach and has activities planned that include educational sessions as well as practical hands on training and monitoring activities. A total of 2000 women, 1000 men and 4800 children will be direct beneficiaries, with an additional 7000 women and 7000 men considered as indirect beneficiaries.

APDC is a small NGO with an executive director and four full-time employees. During the current project, an employee with gender equity qualifications will consult with the APDC team on a part-time basis.

APDC staff:

Executive Director of APDC: Charles Tankoano
Fada Project Director: David Lankoandé
Field Workers: Diaboado Oboulbiga, Hortense Lompo
Gender Consultant: Lydia Tapsoba

History of WNC involvement in Burkina Faso:

In July 2008, World Neighbours Canada began sponsorship of a new development program in eastern Burkina Faso, in the province of Fada N’Gourma. WNC has partnered with APDC, a local NGO that grew out of the work begun by World Neighbors U.S. in the late 1980s and 90s. Thanks to the previous work in soil and water conservation, short cycle crops and green manure technologies, villages in the neighbouring province of Gna Gna that used to have food for only 5-6 months per year now have food security 12 months of the year with enough food left over to sell. With support from World Neighbours Canada, APDC has expanded their support to include villages in the the province of Fada in southeastern Burkina Faso.

APDC approach to development:

APDC has experienced great success by using the empowerment of women as a starting point for community development.  This begins with motivation and training of women in maternal health and child nutrition.  In addition, APDC encourages the women to participate in State organized training sessions in literacy and numeracy.  Women are encouraged to form savings and credit groups, and use or borrow from these funds to engage in income generation activities. Villagers are now growing more vegetables and learning how to care for livestock such as chickens and sheep. Since 2008, the programme has slowly expanded to include 8 more villages, now up to 18 from the original 10.

APDC is providing support in a number of ways:

  • training and re-training sessions to strengthen the organizational capacity of women’s leadership groups
  • offering training sessions to help build capacity for food production (engaging in sheep fattening or poultry-raising activities, and creating market gardens)
  • training villagers about the importance of sustainable management of natural resources (keeping and protecting local tree species)
  • training villagers in sustainable agricultural techniques (construction of stone bunds and the use of green manure)
  • offering training sessions to address general human rights issues and women’s issues and provide a venue for sharing common concerns