SOCIAL SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN BURKINA FASO

Fight against social inequalities, gender-based violence and promote good health practices

Situation

Burkina Faso is experiencing strong population growth (+3.05% per year) and rapid urbanization. It is estimated that by 2050, the population of the capital Ouagadougou will be 6 to 12 times larger.

24% of the families living there are without income and 65% of women are victims of domestic violence. Children are often unaccompanied.

Today, the State is struggling to cope with this population growth, which strongly affects the quality of life of the most deprived. Often, the most disadvantaged families are not aware of the services to which they are entitled.

The Centre West and the Boucle du Mouhoun are particularly vulnerable regions where poverty rates are 51.7% and 59.7% respectively, compared to 9.3% at the national level (National Institute of Statistics and Demography, 2014).

The inaccessibility of many civil registry services and the lack of trained staff explain why, in both regions, less than 60% of births are registered within the legal two-month time limit (Directorate General for the Modernization of Civil Status, 2017).

Moreover, in the Boucle du Mouhoun, nearly 25% of family planning needs are not covered. The situation is also worrying in the Centre West, where more than 16% of needs are not covered (Demographic and Social Survey, 2015).

The supply of sexual and reproductive health services for young people and adolescents remains insufficient. Young people lack reliable information and quality services adapted to their needs.

Finally, the weakness of mechanisms for caring for victims of gender-based violence in these regions and the dramatic persistence of cases of child marriage, forced marriage, excision, domestic violence and physical violence against girls and women must be highlighted.

Our project

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Our objective is to support marginalized families in Ouagadougou underprivileged neighbourhoods (without access to water, sanitation and electricity services), and in the Boucle du Mouhoun and Centre-West regions. To improve their living conditions and well-being, we facilitate their access to basic social services and improve the quality of civil registry services.

  • Setting up social permanence offices where social workers receive families in the heart of the underpriviledged neighbourhoods of Ouagadougou
  • Carrying out home visits with the development of a personalized support plan for families in need
  • Referral of families to the appropriate services according to the nature of their problems and needs: health, education, social, economic, administrative, etc
  • Deployment of innovative community-based and participatory approaches in 40 communes in the Boucle du Mouhoun and Centre-West regions
  • Training of civil registrars of the 85 communes of the Boucle du Mouhoun and Centre-West regions
  • Support for the modernization of civil status through the provision of archive cabinets and computer kits

A few activities

We organize:

  • Women’s advocacy groups for victims of domestic violence
  • Workshops for pregnant women, to prepare them to welcome their child, then mother-baby workshops to help parenting
  • Parenting workshops encouraging men’s participation
  • Thematic meetings with adolescents to provide information on sexual and reproductive health (family planning)
  • The Husbands’ School, an experience of gender inequality reduction based on a participatory and innovative approach: the involvement of men is essential. A club of 15 married men on average benefits from capacity building sessions on the following themes: gender-based violence, gender equality, family planning, sexual and reproductive health of young people and adolescents, civil status. Participants are then encouraged to sensitize other men in their community through focus groups.
  • In order to improve practices for the registration of births, deaths and marriages (civil status), we conducted a study in 39 villages at the end of 2019. Between now and 2022, we wish to support the modernization of registration systems in the communes by training 3 civil registrars from the 85 communes where the project operates and equipping them with quality civil registration and archiving equipment.

Our beneficiaries

  • 2400 families monitored at home between 2010 and 2018
  • 807 people received permanent social support
  • 250 women victims of domestic violence were able to participate in focus groups.
  • 300 women receiving gynaecological and family planning consultations
  • 85 men and women receiving free HIV/AIDS testing
  • 150 Husbands’ schools set up and 2250 married men trained
  • 300 underprivileged families supported
  • 10 partner associations strengthened on the family support method, the Husbands’ School and the promotion of birth registration.

Learn more

Main conclusions of our study on the modernization of civil status in Burkina Faso (February 2020)

Underprivileged neighbourhoods of Ouagadougou and 10 provinces of Boucle du Mouhoun and Centre-West, Burkina Faso
Since January 2019
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Logo d'une poignée de mains représentant la collaboration de Planète Enfants & Développement avec des partenaires locaux

Our partners

  • Technical partners:

Terre des Hommes

Burkina Faso Association for Family Welfare

Association for Community Promotion and Marketing

Association of Municipalities of Burkina Faso

  • Local partners:

10 local associations

Ministry of Social Action and Solidarity

National Institute for Training in Social Work

Ministry of Health

TESTIMONY

History of the C. family: “Since my family has benefited from the support of Planète Enfants & Développement and AGIR, things have started to change. My husband and I can now sit down together and discuss about certain subjects. I also learned how to educate a child, to follow him, not to shout at him… All this has improved our life and my family is flourishing. I thank the project and the whole team of facilitators very much“.