Core area “Conserving nature and natural resources, protecting life on Earth” Improved infrastructure in water supply and sanitation

Water supply and sanitation infrastructure in Burkina Faso has been considerably improved over the last few years. Nevertheless, millions of people there still have no access to clean drinking water or adequate sanitation facilities. Rapid population growth, large numbers of internally displaced persons and an increasing rural exodus means that the country's small and medium-sized towns and cities in particular are facing constraints with regard to water and sanitation systems.

Training for plumbers in the vocational training centre of the national water agency in Burkina Faso

Training for plumbers in the vocational training centre of the national water agency in Burkina Faso

Training for plumbers in the vocational training centre of the national water agency in Burkina Faso

Germany's interventions are geared towards improving the living conditions and health situation of the people, in particular for women and girls. To achieve this, Germany is helping Burkina Faso to develop the requisite infrastructure and is providing finance for the installation of water lines, pumping stations, public standpipes and water kiosks, house and yard connections, sanitation facilities and sewerage systems primarily in densely populated peri-urban areas around small and medium-sized towns. These infrastructure measures can help to stop the spread of numerous diseases.

Drinking water dispenser for primary school children in a school in Dano, Burkina Faso

Drinking water dispenser for primary school children in a school in Dano, Burkina Faso

Drinking water dispenser for primary school children in a school in Dano, Burkina Faso

Alongside these measures, the BMZ is assisting the national vocational training centre in providing initial and ongoing training for people working in this field and is supporting hygiene education activities. In addition, Germany is providing budget support to help Burkina Faso improve the legal and institutional environment in the water sector. Such direct financial payments into Burkina Faso's national budget are meant to help the country's government to continue implementing its national water strategy and to provide safe drinking water for even more of the country's people.