Country Spotlight: Burkina Faso

In 2014, PAGE began to support the development of a National Green Economy Strategy (SNEV) in Burkina Faso, which would serve as the backbone of the country's green economy transition and contribute to its National Plan for Economic and Social Development (PNDES 2016-2020 ).

PAGE work has since contributed to the official adoption of the Strategy (SNEV) as well as sectoral and thematic reforms in green trade, green industry, green taxation and sustainable agriculture; establishment of a green economy master's degree program; and support to green entrepreneurs. 

   

Latest News in Burkina Faso: 

PAGE Burkina Faso has most recently joined other West African countries, including PAGE-supported Senegal, in a collaborative, shared learning initiative. Jointly led by UN CC: Learn and the Regional Meteorological Center, the Regional Platform on Climate Change Learning is supporting regionally-focused experience sharing between the countries on Climate Change and Inclusive Green Economy (IGE), focusing primarily on three tools - webinars, training and the development of learning materials.

The initiative's first webinar was held in late August with eight countries participating: Benin, Côte-d'Ivoire, Guinea-Conakry, Niger, Senegal, Chad and Togo alongside Burkina Faso.

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National Coordinator: Albert Campaore  

With PAGE since 2017 

Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 

1. What were your main takeaways from the knowledge exchange recently held with your West African neighbors?  

The initiative between PAGE and UN CC :Learn was jointly organized with the PAGE Coordinator for Senegal (Seynabou Dioud) and Imelda Etui-Dossou. What you can take away is first the great interest expressed by the participants for such sharing sessions. Second, the webinar revealed that countries in the sub-region are keenly interested and already engaged in IGE. Thirdly, the training institutions in the sub-region have developed training modules on IGE which are of high quality and it was decided to develop an IGE synthesis course adapted to the region, as part of the UN CC : Learn Platform agenda. There is a big challenge ahead: responding to the increasing demand of countries in the sub-region for support to implement an IGE transition.

2. How have you seen trainings, webinars and courses contribute to the advancement of Inclusive Green Economy progress in the country? 

The case of Burkina Faso is specific because the country benefited from both PAGE and Switch Africa Green. There is no doubt that the joint contributions of the two initiatives has positively impacted the level of awareness in the country about IGE, more specifically within Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) which received training and coaching for greening their businesses, and Government officials who also received several trainings (sustainable agriculture and green fiscal reform).  

3. How have you seen the overall advancement of an Inclusive Green Economy change over the last several years? 

Outside of PAGE and Switch Africa Green support, there are plenty of emerging GE initiatives among private associations and even MSEs. Communicating on IGE is key for future development.   

PAGE National Coordinator Albert Campaore first trained as a Forester (Ingénieur des Eaux et Forêts), at the University of Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium and also has an MSc in Enterprise and Organisations Management. Campaore served the government of Burkina Faso for 16 years before developing a consultancy firm and taking on several international roles. Finally, today he is leading the efforts of PAGE and Switch Africa Green in Ouagadougou since in October 2017.