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Administratively, Burkina Faso has thirteen (13) regions, forty-five (45) provinces and three hundred and fifty-one (351) communes, three hundred and two (302) of which are rural and forty-nine (49) urban. After almost two decades of exercise, Burkina Faso has entered a third cycle of decentralization. Adopted by Decree No. 2018-0269/PRES/PM/MATD of April 09, 2018 the current decentralization repositories include the forward-looking vision of decentralization, the national decentralization policy, the ten-year decentralization strategy with its first five-year action plan 2018-2022.

Decentralization stems from the failure of centralized governance and the conditioning of international aid to more multiparty democracy and citizen participation. Decentralization is therefore defined as the transfer of authority and responsibility for public functions from the central administration to subordinate or quasi-autonomous government organizations and/or to the private sector. To facilitate its operationalization, various reforms have been put in place. However, difficulties remain. Indeed, we note :

  • Several local authorities are currently weakened by insecurity and massive population displacements, which are causing humanitarian problems;
  • the persistence of the risk of socio-political crisis linked to governance problems within the communities;
  • a low level of ownership of the instruments of consultation and accountability, which tend to appear as a simple requirement of donors;
  • the absence of an effective and operational communication mechanism between local executives and communities at the village and sector levels.

To change this, Solidar Suisse has since 2017 been implementing the Program Democracy and Participation - Participatory Community Development. This program, whose second phase covers the period 2021-2024 in the Plateau Central and Boucle du Mouhoun regions, has as its main objective: to strengthen the local democratic culture by improving, on the one hand, the capacities of CSOs and citizens (M/F) in urban and rural areas to influence and monitor, and on the other hand, by strengthening the capacities of local and sub-local authorities to engage in dialogue and make proposals, with a gender-sensitive approach.

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