Burkina Faso

Drinking water for displaced persons and hosts communities
500,000 internally displaced persons
950,000 people experienced food insecurity during the 2018 lean season
80% of displaced households have access to less than 15 litres of water per person and per day
65,000 people helped


While the entire Sahel region is beset by fragility and insecurity, Burkina Faso has been particularly hard hit.

The country has been targeted by various armed groups and has experienced frequent and intense killings and clashes, with catastrophic humanitarian consequences.

As a result of the situation, approximately 500,000 people have been displaced. These people have fled because of the violent confrontations, out of fear for their lives, and due to a lack of access to basic services such as education or healthcare in their home villages. Although the displaced persons were concentrated in the Sahel region several months ago, the instability has now spread to the northern and eastern regions of the country.

Most displaced persons travel to urban areas and larger towns near their place of origin and are hosted and housed by the local population, putting pressure on the limited resources of these communities, which show great solidarity. Various community, governmental and non-governmental humanitarian organizations are working together to respond to the emergency.

  • 20,1 million inhabitants
  • 40,1% poverty rate
  • 182nd out of 189 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2018
  • Team 8 international staff
    60 national staff
  • Budget €2M

The communities in which the displaced persons have settled must share their limited resources with the displaced persons and the zone’s water resources are under significant pressure. The SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL teams are primarily engaged in rehabilitating existing water infrastructure and improving access to water in areas where displaced persons have taken refuge. Community bodies responsible for managing and maintaining infrastructure are being reinforced.

In addition to this action centred on the populations’ current drinking water needs, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is introducing a simple and flexible response mechanism for future crises, with a focus on water, sanitation, hygiene and emergency shelters. In the event of further displacements or disasters in the area, the SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL teams will be able to deploy a team to restore, improve or provide access to clean water. The SI teams are also building latrines in areas where displaced persons are concentrated. Additionally, the crisis-hit populations receive hygiene and emergency shelter kits containing essential items to maintain their dignity.

Our impact

water sanitation

Access to water in zones where displaced persons have settled

30,000 people helped

– Conducting diagnostic assessments on water infrastructure and prioritizing infrastructure based on the pressure on the water resource.
– Rehabilitating hand pumps (replacements, upgrades)
– Coordinating and engaging decentralized technical services
– Training groups of users and initiating repair work
– Conducting qualitative and usage follow-up surveys

food security

Emergency response to essential household item needs

35,000 people helped

– Conducting emergency multisectoral assessments following population displacement and analyzing the level of vulnerability and needs
– Distributing basic hygiene kits
– Distributing emergency shelter kits
– Raising awareness of good hygiene practices
– Conducting post-distribution surveys and monitoring post-response satisfaction

Should you have any questions, please contact Thierry Benlahsen,

Thierry Benlahsen


At head office