Burkina Faso fast facts




Key cross-sectoral policies

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

Key thematic and sectoral action areas:

Green industry
Green jobs
Green trade
Economic modelling
Green rural development
Green fiscal policy

Capacity building:

IGE learning on green jobs, green finance and green fiscal policy
Green entrepreneurship and sustainable agriculture training

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

Sustainable Development Goals logo

SDG 4 - Quality education

SDG 6 - Clean water and sanitation

SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth

SDG 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure

SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production

SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals


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 validating:

A National Strategy for Green Economy

PAGE's work in Burkina Faso focuses on:

  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. Facilitating national ownership of IGE initiatives and strengthening partnerships.

Progress in 2018: A snapshot

National Strategy for Green Economy

In 2018, a significant milestone was reached in Burkina Faso’s transition to an inclusive green economy in the validation of the National Green Economy Strategy.

The validation workshop took place as part of SWITCH Africa Green’s National Policy Dialogue, with representation from different government institutions.

The strategy highlights several main axes of operation including:

  • green jobs
  • sustainable consumption and production
  • sustainable trade
  • green finance and green taxation
  • climate action
  • national capacity building on green economy

Building Capacity for the National Rural Sector Programme II

In 2018, PAGE began working to integrate green economy principles into agricultural sector through the implementation of the second National Rural Sector Programme.

PAGE’s work will focus on capacity building of four relevant ministries and training institutions.

PAGE has partnered with the University of Ouagadougou II and the National Forestry School to develop and implement a green economy course on sustainable agriculture, with the goal of reaching government officials from different ministries.

Sustainable Trade for Non-Timber Forest Products

In 2018, PAGE produced a study on green trade and non-timber forest products, which supported the Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change in formulating the Strategy for the Sustainable Management and Export of Non-Timber Forest Products.

The Strategy is currently under validation and will make trade of these products sustainable, efficient, competitive and profitable to the national economy.

Green Industry

A major green economy focus area for Burkina Faso is the greening of its industrial sector.

Through UNIDO, PAGE has produced a study on the greening of the country’s industrial policy, which identified good practices within the industry and highlighted the need for technical capacity building and financial resources to support further development.

The study was integrated into the National Industrial Strategy, which was validated in September 2018. The Strategy was launched in November 2018 during the Industrial Week organized by the government to celebrate the World Industry Day.

PAGE impact in Burkina Faso - 2013-2018


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 has centered around stakeholder engagement to sustain these efforts as well as partnership building for effective implementation of these plans and strategies.

Specifically, PAGE, along with Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change (MEEVCC), has been supporting the process of elaborating a the National Green Economy Strategy. 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).

Building on macroeconomic and sectoral assessments supported by PAGE, the National Green Economy Strategy highlights several main axes of operation, including green jobs, sustainable trade, green finance, and national capacity development on green economy.

The National Green Economy Strategy was validated through a participatory approach involving all relevant national stakeholders in July 2018. Once adopted, it will guide Burkina Faso’s inclusive green economy transformation in the years to come.

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

Taking up key elements of the National Green Economy Strategy, PAGE has supported sectoral and thematic policy reforms through diagnoses and policy analysis assistance.

Agriculture, which accounts for over 30% of GDP in Burkina Faso and employs over 90% of the labour force, provides a clear entry point for green economy action. To this end, PAGE is working to integrate green economy principles into the implementation of the second National Rural Sector Programme through capacity building and policy analysis.

To advance sustainable trade, PAGE is currently supporting the MEEVCC in formulating a strategy for developing market access for non-timber forest products.

PAGE has supported the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Handicrafts in conducting a green industry diagnosis and developing a green industry strategy. As a result, green economy was integrated into the National Industrial Strategy, which was validated by all relevant national stakeholders in September 2018 and is expected to be adopted by the government in 2019.

Other priority sectors—mining, transport, energy, forestry and waste industries—have been the focus of PAGE’s work on green fiscal policy, which has included research and proposals for environmental taxation instruments to boost sustainable consumption and production patterns in line with PNDES.

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

Building capacity and consensus around green economy is a national priority for Burkina Faso and is essential to continue the country’s green economic transition beyond PAGE.

To support this, PAGE convened a Green Economy Academy that mobilized more than 200 public and private sector actors. This event provided a unique platform to promote a shared vision on green economy, empowering the MEEVCC to take a leading role in the process. The event also catalyzed collaboration between PAGE agencies and funding partners.

To identify key entry points for capacity building support, PAGE, together with the University of Ouagadougou, completed a Green Economy Learning Capacities and Needs Assessment, validated by representatives of ministries, universities, research centres and UN agencies in June 2018. A National Action Plan for Green Economy Learning was developed on the basis of this assessment and the National Green Economy Strategy and will be submitted by the MEEVCC to a donor roundtable in 2019.

To advance private sector capacity, PAGE held a training-of-trainers course on green entrepreneurship. A pool of trainers is now available to support young entrepreneurs in developing green businesses, particularly in the field of sustainable agriculture.

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 SDGs 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15 and 17 by providing technical advice on the country's National Green Economy Strategy and Action Plan, supporting the development of the National Rural Sector Programme, promoting green jobs and green industry, harnessing strategic partnerships and enhancing green economy learning.

Burkina Faso is working towards SDGs 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 15, and 17

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.