New Ministry of Planning and Decentralization Partnership in Burkina Faso to Strengthen Community Ownership

New Ministry of Planning and Decentralization Partnership in Burkina Faso to Strengthen Community Ownership

Under the leadership of Country Director Evariste YaoghoThe Hunger Project-Burkina Faso signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Decentralization.

The collaboration between both agencies was designed to contribute to the sustainable and balanced development of local communities in Burkina Faso, so that people may live a fulfilling life and are autonomous and responsible for their own development.

Through its partnership with the Ministry of Decentralization, The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso will implement programs in community organizing, food security, health and nutrition, environment, renewable energy, water and sanitation, microfinance, education and literacy. The aim of these programs is to strengthen decentralization and ownership by rural communities.

Through the new partnership, the Ministry of Decentralization will register The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso as an authorized implementing partner to seek funding from the municipal and regional planning departments. Additionally, the Ministry will include The Hunger Project in consultation frameworks seeking funding for community projects in Burkina Faso.

The MoU also stipulates strengthening the capacity of local elected officials and implementing formal partnerships with local authorities.

The Hunger Project’s collaboration with the Ministry of Decentralization created an invitation to present the Epicenter Strategy at a workshop for the working group on Local Development and Decentralization for the general assembly of NGOs in Burkina Faso. Representatives from The Permanent Secretariat of the National Policy of Good Governance, World Bank, European Union, KfW, and other NGOs attended the workshop. The Epicenter Strategy was presented as an example of a "Best Practice" in decentralization. The Hunger Project was also invited to lead the working group!

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