Program for drinking water and sanitation in the regions of Boucle du Mouhoun, Hauts Bassins and Sud-Ouest “

Detailed description of project:

Background: A lack of good governance and management greatly impeded developments in the water and sanitation sector. In particular, there was an absence of systems and coherent strategies targeted at the widespread expansion of services with a broad impact.

The semi-public National Office of Water and Sanitation (ONEA), which has been responsible for expanding and maintaining urban drinking and wastewater services, had to balance its finances. Moreover, private utility companies were limited in their ability to provide services to the especially poor population populace. Particularly within informal urban quarters and large villages, the year-round provision of such services could not be guaranteed.

Objective: The program aimed at improving the performance of key stakeholders in drinking water supply and sanitation sectors in urban communities of the regions of Boucle du Mouhoun, Hauts-Bassins and Sud-Ouest regions and was organized in four approaches:

  • Support to governance of the sector including development of strategic documents for reformation of the water sector;
  • Support to drinking water supply in urban and periurban areas;
  • Support to sanitation services in urban and periurban areas;
  • Strengthening the communes in project implementation.

Main activities: The Consultant's services covered the approaches 1 & 2 of the program. Particular attention has been paid to the role of communities as the client, to the promotion of universal access to drinking water supply and to accountability.

Type of services provided:

Institutional assistance of National Office of Water and Sanitation (ONEA):

  • Field of action 1: (i) implementation and coordination of the water supply M&E system and elaboration of specific mechanisms for M&E of water and sanitation national programs and (ii) development of framework tools for the transfer of funds to the communities;
  • Field of action 2: (i) support to the National Office of Water and Sanitation for the development of tools aimed at implementing the approach "promoting access to safe drinking water and sanitation in periurban and undeveloped areas" and specifically (ii) development of an online information database on the level of access and quality of drinking water and sanitation services in these areas;
  • Training, skills transfer to anchor the Database as a strategic tool for communication and extension of water and sanitation performance indicators in urban and peri-urban areas in Burkina Faso.
  • Elaboration of a manual of procedures for the implementation of WATSAN projects in urban and peri-urban areas, which includes the organizational and functional institutional framework of pro-poor water and sanitation taking into account gender and the principles of the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA);
  • Analysis of the financial effects of the delegation of WATSAN services and delegated project management on the financial balance of ONEA;
  • The development of a tool to assist in making investment decisions in connection with the current financial model of ONEA.
  • Participation in M&E of the program progress and success.
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
02/2016 – 07/2018

Contract value:
975,900 €