Projects to Support Governance and Sustainable Economic Growth in Extraction Zones: Results of Implementation Shared with Stakeholders

A national workshop will begin this Wednesday by a consortium of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that implemented the project (AGCEDE) to support governance and sustainable economic growth in Burkina Faso’s mining areas. it was done. March 2, 2022 Ouagadougou. This includes sharing key results and lessons learned with all project stakeholders.

Implementation of the Governance and Support for Sustainable Economic Growth (AGCEDE) project in Burkina Faso will end on March 31, 2022. A national workshop was held this Wednesday to share key results and lessons with all stakeholders in the project. March 2, 2022, at Uagadougo.

WAGES was conducted for six years (2016-2022) jointly by the World University of Canada Services (WUSC), a non-governmental organization that is all Canadian NGOs, and the Center for International Research Cooperation (CECI). According to WUSC Country Director of Fatimata Lancoande, it aims to help mining-affected communities to take advantage of development opportunities through natural resource development and promote regional economic growth.

For WUSC Country Director Fatimata Lankoandé, this project was a unique opportunity to devote resources to the socio-economic development of the local population.

According to him, the results achieved in six years are considerable. She states that in the field of local governments, she is developing the capacity of more than 9,000 local government stakeholders by equipping them for sustainable comprehensive planning and responsible community and civic participation. rice field.

At the level of the regional economic development factor, Lancoande mentioned the creation of several businesses, including support for local rice and poultry production cooperatives, support for more than 500 companies, and support for more than 200 regional savings groups. .. More than 6,000 women will gather. Mobilized over 500 million CFA francs in four years. She said this amount allowed them to fund their income-generating activities, strengthen the capacity of existing companies, and / or diversify their economic activities. “This has contributed to the development of new services, the improvement of existing services, the diversification of the local economy and the creation of jobs, especially for young people,” she said. In short, given the results achieved, the WUSC Country Director argued that the project contributed to the changing lives of the target population.

According to Lee Ann Hermann, the Canadian ambassador to Burkina Faso and Benin, the project is also running in Ghana and Guinea.

Projects are underway in two regions of Burkina Faso to support the governance and sustainable economic growth of mined areas. These are especially Bush du Muhoon in Valles and Hauts-Bassin in Tui. The intervention, in the details of Mr. Lancoande, affected two villages, the seven commune (Hounde, Bereba, Bekui, Boni, Bagassi, Cumbia, Pompoi) and the Boromo commune, namely Kohou Abu.

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The Treasury Department of this major project is the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada. Indeed, it has injected a budget of over CHF 3 billion. According to Lee Ann Hermann, the Canadian ambassador to Burkina Faso and Benin, the project is also running in Ghana and Guinea. She said she aims to break the vicious circle in which communities, especially women and young people, are excluded from the benefits of investing in the mining sector. The Canadian ambassadors to Burkina Faso and Benin had to return to what she had seen at the start of the project, a well-achieved goal. “It was to enable locals, especially women and young people, to maximize the socio-economic benefits of their investment in the mining sector in West Africa,” she concluded.

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