Burkina Faso


Population 2021


HDI Score
2019 (Max. 1)


SDG Score
(Max. 100)


Gender Inequality
Index Score
(Max. 1)


Internet Inclusivity
Index 2022
(100 countries)

Sources: 1. World Bank (2021), 2. UNDP (2019), 3. Sustainable Development Report (2021), 4. UNDP (2019), 5. Economist Impact (2022).


A landlocked Western African country, Burkina Faso occupies a plateau that is characterized by a savannah which gives way to sparse forests. The country, which was formerly colonized by France (with French remaining the official language), has a religiously and ethnically diverse population. With a largely agricultural economy, it also faces many important challenges on its path towards further development. Limited natural resources and high poverty are two of the most salient, with 40 percent of the population living below the poverty line. Additionally, threats from violent extremism and climate change, the latter of which has disrupted food production, are of pressing concern.


Socioeconomic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 and the Role of Disaster Risk Governance in the Western Sahel and Lake Chad Basin

  • Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal,
  • December 2020 - December 2021
  • P3 - Resilient Livelihoods and Ecosystems

In partnership with the UNDP Regional Office and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), DPA and ADE conducted assessments of the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 and the role of disaster risk governance (DRG) in seven countries of the Western Sahel and Lake Chad Basin (Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal). The study analyzed the impacts of the pandemic on macroeconomic health, human development, political governance, peace, and social cohesion, as well as the role of DRG institutions at the regional and national levels. The assessment utilized mixed methods with qualitative and quantitative data collection to produce seven country-level analyses, a regional comparative study, and a policy brief.

Landscape Mapping and Review of Technology-based Interventions to Mitigate Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

  • Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda,
  • July 2022- January 2023
  • P4 - Data Feminism

DPA, in collaboration with UNICEF and UNFPA, conducted a comprehensive landscape mapping of key technology-based interventions to mitigate child-marriage and FGM through empowerment of girls and to review the digital solutions and tools used in these interventions, their effectiveness and potential areas for improvement in 13 countries in Africa and Asia. The methodology proposed by DPA was based on an analysis that integrated both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as traditional and non-traditional data sources collected at different stages of the study, underpinned by a participatory approach involving UNICEF, UNFPA and other stakeholders that provided feedback and input throughout the entire project.

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