Burkina Faso

Context

Burkina Faso has witnessed a dramatic increase in violence in the last seven years. This violence is becoming increasingly diffuse throughout the territory and is transforming in character. National and international institutions are investing heavily in the security response with little attention to the root causes and long-term processes that enable and exacerbate such violence. Moreover, there is no known nationwide attempt to understand the multiple perspectives, needs and capacities of local populations in the context of these security threats. Recognizing that long term and durable solutions for peace require local ownership, the absence of such analysis constitutes an important gap. Our work in Burkina Faso has generated an analysis of the factors of conflict and national resilience along with an agenda for peace. This document, which takes up the dynamics mentioned by the population, is both an informative document and a decision-making tool for all actors interested in the crisis in Burkina Faso. Concrete actions are now being implemented actions on key issues such as security, land and natural resource management.

Goal


Interpeace’s goal is to implement a process through which the population of Burkina Faso can openly express, in their own terms, how they understand the current threats to peace and security in their country and how they are addressing these challenges, with a view to design programmes and policies to sustain peace in the long term.

Initiatives


Strengthening and integrating peacebuilding approaches in security governance

Interpeace is working with the National Ministries of Security and Defence, the National Institute of Statistics and Demography (INSD), the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD), INDIGO, the Peacekeeping School, and Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF), to strengthen and integrate peacebuilding approaches in security governance in the Sahel, Boucle du Mouhoun, a...



Brick by brick: strengthening social cohesion and preventing border conflicts Mali-Burkina Faso

The project started in January 2022 and will end in December 2024 with the objective of contributing to the strengthening of social cohesion and economic development in the regions of Sikasso (Mali) and Hauts-Bassins (Burkina) through access to infrastructure and the promotion of community dialogue. The particularity of this project is the implementation of activities including the construction of...



Conflict Prevention and Management in the East Region of Burkina Faso

The East region of Burkina Faso experienced an explosion in the number of conflicts between 2015 and 2017. From 101 cases between 2012 and 2014, this region recorded 849 cases of community conflicts between 2015 and 2017. These are mainly land conflicts, agro-pastoral conflicts, conflicts related to traditional chieftaincy, inter-religious conflicts, political conflicts and conflicts between popul...


Past initiatives


Analyzing the drivers of violent conflict and factors of resilience

Using Participatory Action Research (PAR), Interpeace is conducting an analysis of the drivers of violent conflict and factors of resilience in Burkina Faso. PAR emphasizes the importance of inclusive, participatory, locally owned, driven and led processes of understanding phenomena. The rationale for such an approach is rooted in the belief that supporting the agency of stakeholders through their...



Fostering youth dialogue: Bibiss Laafi Batû

In partnership with Fondation Hirondelle, Interpeace is developing a project designed to contribute towards developing mutual understanding and trust among young people in Burkina Faso. Youth are increasingly isolated from, and frustrated by, national decision-making processes; influenced by unbalanced reporting and participation in social and other media; and, affected negatively by the security ...



Amplifying the voice of young people by strengthening their capacities

This project aims to strengthen the role of young people in Burkina Faso, especially young women, as advocates for peace and security, amplifying their participation through dialogue and advocacy, and bridging the gap between young people, decision-makers, elders and other political actors.



Mapping the peace nexus in Burkina Faso

The focus of this project is to achieve greater coherence between humanitarian, development and peace actions in the country. The United Nations system in Burkina Faso, through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), mandated Interpeace to conduct a study that maps the capacities of these actors to operationalize the humanitarian-development-peace nexus approach. Burkina Faso is one of the ...



Cross-Border Dialogue for Peace Responsive Actions to Prevent Conflict and Improve Natural Resource Management Along the Mali-Burkina Faso Border

The project "Cross-Border Dialogue for Peace Responsive Actions to Prevent Conflict and Improve Natural Resource Management Along the Mali-Burkina Faso Border " was implemented in 2020-2021 by Interpeace and its partner the “Institut Malien Recherche Action pour la Paix” (IMRAP) in four border municipalities of the regions of Sikasso and the Hauts-Bassins. Its overall objective is to contribut...