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Key cross-sectoral policies

The National Programme for Economic and Social Development (PNDES 2016-2020)

Key thematic and sectoral action areas in 2017:

Green industry

Green jobs

Green trade

Economic modelling

IGE learning

PAGE's support to Burkina Faso contributes to the achievement of the following SDGs:

SDG goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Sustainable Development Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production


PAGE's work in Burkina Faso continues to focus on the integration of inclusive green economy goals and targets into national planning documents. The government of Burkina Faso has shown its commitment to green economy through adopting:

A National Programme for Economic and Social Development

As well as through developing:

A National Strategy for Green Economy

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

Progress in 2017: A Snapshot

Strategy for the future

PAGE has been supporting the government on the development of a National Green Economy Strategy, along with a three-year action plan.  The aim of the strategy is to strengthen the integration of green economy in all sectors with a focus on:

  • green jobs
  • sustainable consumption and production
  • sustainable trade
  • green finance
  • combatting climate change
  • and national capacity building on green economy.

In 2017, PAGE supported the government in the process of elaborating a draft of the strategy through technical advisory feedback.

Green industry

Burkina Faso is focusing its efforts to green its industrial sector. PAGE is supporting the government to incorporate the findings of a green industry assessment into  the country’s industrial policy. These findings range from how to:

  • have a more inclusive green economy,
  • encourage green industrial practices and sustainable trade.

Bolstering green economy capacities

PAGE is working with UNITAR and the University of Ouagadougou II, in the identification of learning needs and existing institutional capacities  on inclusive green economy principles and processes . The results will help to tailor the right education and training on green economy issues in Burkina Faso.

Green jobs

Burkina Faso is promoting green employment for the youth and green entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector.

In November 2017, 5 participants from Burkina Faso attended a training of trainers on green entrepreneurship in Senegal.

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


Outcome 1: National policymaking

PAGE has supported the development and implementation of cross-sectoral national plans and strategies that integrate IGE goals and targets. PAGE support was centered around stakeholder engagement to sustain these efforts as well as partnership building for effective implementation of these plans snd strategies.

Specifically in Burkina Faso, PAGE, along with Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, has been supporting the process of elaborating a second draft of a National Green Economy Strategy through technical advisory feedback. The aim of the strategy is to strengthen the integration of green economy in all sectors of development, which are key components of Burkina Faso's National Policy on Sustainable Development (PNDES 2016-2020).

Also in 2017, the formation of a National Steering Committee continues to progress with a coordination meeting held in Geneva to assess the country’s progress on inclusive green economy and formulate a plan of action for 2017 to 2018.

Furthermore, PAGE continues to collaborate closely with the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) and SWITCH-Africa Green initiative in Burkina Faso to provide coordinated support to the government for capacity building and institutional strengthening.  PAGE, PEI and SWITCH-Africa Green held a joint planning workshop in December 2017, jointly with the Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change.

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

In support of sector and thematic reforms in Burkina Faso, PAGE, with support from PEI, has supported the execution of a scoping study on Green Fiscal Policy which is now in the final stages of completion. The study, however, is due to be revised in order to provide relevant policy proposals for the new government programme. The findings of the study can be used for inputs to the ongoing PAGE support to integrate IGE into the forthcoming National Green Economy Strategy.

PAGE has also been supporting Burkina Faso in formulating a strategy for developing market access for non-timber forest products (NTFPs) with the aim to make their trade sustainable, efficient, competitive and profitable to the national economy. In 2017 a study on NTFP commercialization was executed and is due to be completed in 2018.

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

Burkina Faso's National Green Economy Strategy and its Action Plan is one example of national planning that has relied on the results of a quantitative study where the system dynamics methodology Threshold 21 (T21) model was used to simulate the social, environmental and economic impacts of green economy policies and investments.

Further development and implementation of the green economy policies laid out in the strategy requires that the institutional capacities of Burkina Faso around green economy are strengthened. In this context, PAGE is assisting Burkina Faso by providing tailor-made training on system dynamics methodology aimed at technical experts and other key stakeholders from key relevant institutions. This will allow the country to be able to use the T21 model as a tool for evaluating the impacts of some of the quantitative objectives and required investments for implementing the National Green Economy Strategy.

Also in 2017, and as part of an effort to bolster green economy capacities, PAGE has been developing a Learning Needs Assessment, in close collaboration with the University of Ouagadougou II, to identify learning needs and gaps on inclusive green economy principles and processes. The assessment is intended to result in a number of recommendations and action items for up-scaling green economy learning in line with national priorities.

Outcome 4: Knowledge sharing 

PAGE is supporting countries to improve their Inclusive Green Economy knowledge base by generating and sharing knowledge products such as manuals, reports, lessons learned and best practices with the aim to inform and support national policy analysis and formulation.

For knowledge sharing, PAGE organizes high level events, conferences, workshops involving current and future PAGE countries to build networks and global platforms to exchange experiences and information.

SDGs and Paris Agreement Articles

In Burkina Faso, PAGE is contributing towards the achievement of four SDGs (8, 9, 12, and 17) through: the provision of technical advice on the country's National Green Economy Strategy and Action Plan, harnessing strategic partnerships with key partners and enhancing green economy learning, incorporating elements of inclusive green economy into the country's industrial policy, the promotion of green employment for the youth and green economy modeling.

The graphic above shows the interaction and interdependence between the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement articles that PAGE supports in a given country. The degree of interrelatedness is expressed by proximity of the SDGs/articles to each other.