Securing Burkina Faso’s border zones to ensure their development - PUS
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country that shares borders with no fewer than 6 countries, spreading over more than 3,600 km. This situation leaves it open to many risks and has worsened since the Libyan crisis. In particular, security has deteriorated in the border zones, which have become the focus of most threats, such as the proliferation of weapons and the presence of traffickers and criminal networks. Like the North of Mali or Nigeria, the region of the North and the Sahel in Burkina Faso is particularly concerned by this disruption, which, unless the presence and actions of the State are reinforced, runs the risk of deconstructing society.
Maintaining peace, stability and security
In July 2017, to stop this evolution, the Burkinabe government adopted measures brought together in the Emergency Plan for the Sahel, known as the PUS. The goal of this plan is to accelerate the implementation of the National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES) in the weakened region of the North and the Sahel, particularly in view of this security situation. The “Budgetary support for the Emergency Plan for the Sahel” project increases the Burkinabe government’s financial capacity to implement appropriate measures for maintaining peace, stability and security.
In the field, first and foremost, the plan supports the creation of the infrastructures necessary to supply drinking water, access to health services and the mobilization of the qualified personnel required for these services. A second component focuses on reinforcing the Burkinabe internal security forces to provide greater protection for goods and people.
Between January 01, 2018 and June 30, 2018:
- Three ambulances were assigned and delivered.
- 25 new boreholes were drilled and equipped with Human Power Pumps (HMP).
- Three simplified drinking water supply systems (AEPS) have been implemented.
- The launch of security infrastructure contracts and the number of security officers deployed in the region has improved.
Photo credit : Philippe Guionie – AFD