Family Support in Burkina Faso

Improve the social welfare of disadvantaged families living in no amenities* areas in Ouagadougou

Why ?

Burkina Faso has seen a dramatic demographic change (5.8 children/woman) with rapid urbanization. By 2050, the population of Ouagadougou will be 6 to 12 times higher than today. There have already been substantial and unavoidable challenges. The population gathers in “no amenities” areas *, on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, with a very low standard of living, a lack of basic services, a damaged social fabric and it is difficult for the State to meet the needs of everyone. These populations have a badly affected psycho-emotional state with a sense of inferiority and self-exclusion. They respond to their immediate needs and do not ask for assistance in the appropriate way due to a lack of awareness of their rights and the services available.


Family support is a non-charitable approach to strengthen self-reliance, resilience and the sustainable development of vulnerable families. The objective is to assist them with their various concerns and restore the link between them and the existing public and private services.

The main activities are detailed below.

Individual activities:

  • interviews in social centres in the hearts of the neighborhoods: listening, providing advice, information and referrals.
  • home visits twice a month for 6 months for the most isolated families.

Group activities :

  • focus groups
  • enlightenment workshops with parenting assistance and assistance to create a home for the child to be born into,
  • themed meetings.

For whom ?

  • 570 families are followed home, that is more than 2,850 people, more than half of which are children.
  • 4,400 families participate in group activities. 90% of participants are women.
  • The population of 3 no amenities areas is 406,307 people.

* Neighborhood on the fringes of the city which includes the poorest families

Location: 3 no amenities areas of Ouagadougou (Bogodogo, Sig-Nonghin, Nongre Massom)
Project duration: 3 years