Burkina Faso

Country overview

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The country has limited natural resources and relies heavily on thermal fossil fuels. Burkina Faso’s economy is primarily based on agriculture, employing about 80% of the population, where cotton remains the country’s most important cash crop. Despite slow economic growth during 2014-2015, the economy is forecasted to have a positive outlook for the next three years depending on the newly elected government’s ability to foster political peace and institutional stability. The primary objective for PAGE is to integrate IGE goals and targets into the country's development plan.

Progress in 2016

The new government of Burkina Faso has committed to develop and adopt ambitious green economy targets and policies. PAGE's work in Burkina Faso in 2016 builds on earlier work on integrating inclusive green economy goals and targets into national planning documents. The new government of Burkina Faso has committed to develop and adopt:

National Strategy for Green Economy

Towards achieving

Focus Areas

  1. Providing support for design and adoption of the National Strategy for Green Economy and its Action Plan
  2. Supporting the government's efforts to green priority sectoral policies
  3. Building individual and institutional capacity on inclusive green economy
  4. Raising awareness about the benefits of green economy transition

Burkina Faso Green Economy Academy

Burkina Faso hosted its first Green Economy Academy in Ouagodougou from December 14 to 16, 2016, bringing together more than 300 participants from the government, the private sector and civil society to learn about and advance the Green Economy agenda in the country.

The Academy was hosted by the Government of Burkina Faso, through the Ministry of Environment, with the support of PAGE, the UN Environment-UNDP Poverty-Environment Initiative, Switch Africa Green and the Global Green Growth Initiative, in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie.

Exploring revenue streams for green economy transition

A fiscal study is nearing completion in Burkina Faso and will be revised to reflect the priorities of the new government. The study analyses and identifies fiscal instruments that can realistically be applied in key sectors.

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1. Mining

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2. Transport

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3. Energy

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4. Agriculture

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5. Waste

PAGE is also supporting government to integrate the results of the green industry study into the National Programme for Economic and Social Development and their updated Industrial Policy.

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SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

Harnessing the power of partnerships

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SDG17: Partnership for the goals

PAGE strengthened partnerships with the Poverty-Environment Initiative and Switch Africa Green in Burkina Faso in 2016, who were already well-established in the country.

Integrating inclusive social policies and green business opportunities enables PAGE to deliver better, more contextually appropriate economic at the country level.

How does PAGE's work in Burkina Faso meet its objectives?