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Inades-Formation Burkina organized a workshop in Samba, on 09 and 10 July 2020, on sectoral policies and public actions implemented at the local level. Samba is a rural commune located in the province of Passoré, a locality in the Northern region of Burkina. About fifty people took part in this workshop , including members of the Monitoring Committee at the base of Samba, representatives of Village Development Committees (VDCs), municipal councillors and representatives of technical services. Objective: To enable local development actors to effectively monitor the implementation of public policies and actions in their commune.

Thursday 08 July 2020, in the courtyard of Samba town hall, people gathered in small groups are quietly exchanging. They are there to take part in an “exchange workshop on sectoral policies and public actions implemented at local level”. This activity, initiated by Inades-Formation Burkina, is organized in collaboration with the Samaba Town Hall. Around 9:30 am, everyone is invited to join the village hall of the town hall, the workshop will begin.

It is the mayor of Samba who opens the meeting. In his words, he thanks Inades-Formation Burkina for the initiative and invites the participants to take an active part in the workshop. The first deputy mayor of Samba will say later that “this activity will remain engraved in gold letter in the archives of the Samba town hall”.

On the programme of the two-day workshop, are six papers on sectoral policies and public actions implemented at the local level followed by exchanges and the elaboration of a mini action plan for the monitoring of public policies by the Samba grassroots monitoring committee. Representatives of different technical services are invited to exchange with the participants on the realities of sectoral policies and public actions at the commune level. The sectors that will be the subject of communication are: health, environment, education, agriculture, livestock. A communication is also reserved for the town hall.

The representative of the Samba Medical Centre communicates on the policy of free health care for children from 0 to 5 years old and pregnant women.

Each of the exhibitors built their presentation on a specific policy.

For example, in the area of health, the issue of free health care for children from 0 to 5 years old and pregnant women was discussed. Concerning the environmental sector, the communication focused on the principle of environmental protection through the technique of Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR). The presentation on education focused on endogenous school canteens. The presentation on agriculture dealt with the issue of subsidizing the purchase of agricultural inputs. The town hall communicated on the acts of civil state.

Dr. OUEDRAOGO Mahamadi, Quality of Care Manager at Samba Medical Centre, the communicator for the health sector, confides his feelings at the end of the workshop: “I very much appreciate the initiative of this workshop because it will allow the population to have some information on our work in health care. I am really satisfied with the exchange.

The participants in this workshop showed great interest in the different communications. This was reflected in the multitude of questions and comments following the various presentations.

Emile DJIGUEMDE, President of the Samba Village Development Committee, says at the end of the workshop: “We are very happy with this exchange which will really contribute to the development of our commune”.  Anne Wendsida DJIGUEMDE of Samba CSB adds: “These two days of meeting that we had will surely bear fruit for the good of our commune because it opened our eyes on certain things”.

The Samba workshop on sectoral policies and public actions implemented at the local level ended with the elaboration of a mini action plan for the monitoring of public policies by the Samba Grassroots Monitoring Committee.  The organization of this workshop is part of the implementation by Inades-Formation Burkina of the Support Project for Food Sovereignty, Local Governance and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in the Northern Region. This project is financed by the Belgian NGO Broederliejk Delen.

Service Communication / Inades-Formation Burkina

Inades-Formation Chad, Inades-Formation Cameroon and their partners have launched the implementation of the project to support the strengthening of the resilience and peaceful coexistence of the Lake Chad Basin communities.

This is a cross-border project to support the resilience of youth groups through the entrepreneurial development of market gardening and fishing in a secure environment, by learning, adopting and innovating production and market access instruments.

Its objective is to support the most vulnerable populations in seven districts/sub-prefectures of Cameroon and Chad to organize and take collective measures for the security of their territories, peaceful coexistence and the improvement of their livelihoods.

Indeed, in the Lake Chad Basin, poverty is deepening and becoming more entrenched in households, despite the efforts made by the relevant Governments and development partners to improve the well-being of the populations, the majority of whom are young people.  In the Far North region of Cameroon, only 24% of the population lives in urban areas. In Chad, only 21.8% of the population lives in cities.

Agriculture, livestock, fishing and trade (internal and cross-border) constitute the main means of livelihood for this population, mainly the populations living along the Logone River in Cameroon and Chad.

In this rural border area, households face food shortages due to climate change. The area is experiencing either droughts or floods, which disrupts agricultural and livestock production, a climate threat compounded by the insecurity that reigns in the region, following terrorist acts.

The outcomes of the project will be:

  • The improvement of the security situation in the 7 districts/sub-prefectures of Cameroon and Chad thanks to the collective actions of the populations.
  • The improvement of the livelihoods of the populations in the seven districts/sub-prefectures of Cameroon and Chad, especially young people.
  • The populations of the three regions of Cameroon and Chad enjoying greater public freedoms, entrepreneurial freedoms and freedom of movement.

The project is implemented in the districts of Kousseri, Logone Birni and Mora in Cameroon, and in the sub-prefectures of Loumia, Logoun Gana, Ndjamena Fara and Mani in Chad.

The target group of the project is young people living in the three districts and the four sub-prefectures.

The project’s partners are:

  • Cantonal development committees (Cameroon)
  • Cantonal development associations (Chad)
  • Groups of young market gardeners
  • Youth Fishing Groups
  • Village savings and credit groups
  • Regional advocacy platforms

Inades-Formation Burkina has been supporting the decentralization process in Burkina Faso for nearly 15 years through the implementation of development projects.

Thus, in 2003-2004, Inades-Formation Burkina, with the financial support of the NGO/Diakonia, implemented the “project to strengthen the civil society’s capacities for participatory democracy in the municipalities of Banfora and Niangoloko”. The pilot project involved 33 civil society organizations and local elected officials from the municipalities of Banfora and Niangoloko. These civil society organizations included development associations, trade unions and human rights movements, socio-professional associations and religious communities. The main objective of the project was to “strengthen the technical, organizational and policy capacities of civil society organizations to enhance their participation in local governance. The capitalization of the project has led to results and changes in the functioning of the CSOs involved, in the relationships between CSOs and between CSOs and municipal authorities, and in governance.

From 2005 to 2006, Inades-Formation Burkina implemented a project similar to the one in 2003-2004, with the support of the Fund for Support to the Rule of Law/EU. This project, known as the “Capacity building program for local elected representatives and civil society organizations for participatory democracy in the municipalities of Boromo, Nouna and Dédougou”, involved some 50 civil society organizations and 3 municipal councils. Among other objectives, this project aimed at educating people on democracy, helping them to become better acquainted with their rights and duties as citizens and to participate actively, consciously and voluntarily in the management of their municipalities. The project was capitalized in 2006 in the form of a booklet entitled “Decentralization in Burkina Faso, a fertile field for development: CSOs and local elected officials from Boromo, Dédougou and Nouna to the conquest of participatory citizenship”.

From 2011 to 2012, Inades-Formation Burkina implemented the “Project for strengthening citizen participation for sustainable local development” in 4 regions (Center, Center-North, Center-South and Central Plateau) with funding from PROS/EU. The overall objective of this project was to enable citizens to improve their participation in the development of their localities. It also aimed at enabling civil society organizations to better understand their roles in the development of their municipalities and regions. This project deeply changed youth associations, women’s associations, print media, community radio stations and human rights associations. The project was capitalized in 2012 in the form of a booklet entitled “Civil society and citizen participation: the struggle of civil society organizations in four regions “.

From 2011 to 2013, the Project to support local governance and food sovereignty in the Boucle du Mouhoun, Center North and Sahel regions was implemented by Inades Formation Burkina, financed by the Belgian NGO Broederlijk Delen. A key focus of this project was decentralization and local governance, which targeted civil society actors and municipal and regional councilors. It was implemented in 9 territorial governments, including 6 municipalities and 3 regional administrative centers (Center North, Boucle du Mouhoun).  Its objective was to contribute to the improvement of local governance in the involved territorial governments through greater accountability of the authorities to citizens on the one hand, and on the other hand, greater participation of civil society organizations in the management of local public affairs.

From 2013 to 2017, Inades-Formation implemented, with the support of the PACT/World Bank, “The project to strengthen citizen participation in the Central Plateau region”. This project covered the 20 municipalities in the Central Plateau region and involved all development actors in the municipality and more specifically grassroots organizations such as the pupils’ parents’ associations (APE), the associations of mother educators (AME), the management committees (COGES) for health and education, the associations of water users (AUE) and local elected representatives. The overall objective of this project was to strengthen the management systems of territorial governments in order to improve the delivery of basic social services in the municipalities of the region and improve citizen participation in decision-making at local level. The specific objective was: “Territorial governments are more efficient thanks to better community supervision and the populations are actively involved in local decision-making “.

From 2014 to 2016, together with the Belgian partner Broederlijk Delen, Inades Formation Burkina implemented the project to support food sovereignty, local governance and the sustainable management of natural resources in the northern region of Burkina Faso.  Subdivided into four focus areas, area 4, called “Policy influence and decentralization “, aims to change the strong and autonomous rural world organizations that succeed in influencing public actions and policies in defense of the rights and interests of rural populations. The direct stakeholders involved in this project were civil society organizations and local elected officials.

From 2017 onwards, this project went through its second phase of implementation for a period of 5 years. The influence of policies and decentralization focus of these two phases are implemented in 13 rural and urban municipalities of the Northern region.