Core area “Peaceful and inclusive societies” Political participation and responsive administration

In Burkina Faso, local authorities play an important role in promoting social cohesion – particularly given the conflicts in the country. The country's local authorities provide opportunities for political participation, create conducive business environments and offer responsive public services for various population groups. The BMZ is helping local authorities to carry out the tasks for which they are responsible.

A woman working on a laptop in Burkina Faso

A woman working on a laptop in Burkina Faso

A woman working on a laptop in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s constitution of 1991 enshrines decentralisation as part of the process of democratic reform. In 2006, a comprehensive restructuring effort for the public administration sector was launched. Prior to that, the public sector had been highly centralised. As part of this process, the entire country was divided into municipalities and administrative powers were transferred to the new municipal authorities. The distribution of responsibilities between central government and local authorities needs to be set down more precisely and its efficiency improved. Moreover, Burkina Faso's municipalities lack both the money and the qualified staff needed to carry out their responsibilities properly.

Germany is supporting local authorities in their efforts to invest in local infrastructure such as schools, health centres, roads and water supply systems. Germany is also helping the country to set up a nationwide training system for local government employees. In these activities, particular attention is being paid to fostering the participation of women in local decision-making processes.