Burkina Faso

Drinking water for displaced people and hosting communities
1,423,378 internally displaced persons
3.3 million people in food insecurity
3.5 million of people in need
131,602 people helped


The whole Sahel region is buried in a fragile and insecure situation, and in particular, Burkina Faso.

The country is targeted by various armed groups and is the stage of assassinations and regular and severe confrontations with disastrous human consequences.

This situation has led to the displacement of about 1,423,378 people. These people flee violent confrontations by fear for their lives, but also because they don’t have access to basic services in their village of origin, such as education and healthcare.

75% of the internally displaced people are located in 2 regions: the Centre North and the Sahel region, but these zones have expanded to the Boucle de Mouhoun, the North and the East of the country.

Most of the displaced people travel to urban areas and big localities nearby their place of origin. They are welcomed and housed by the local population, that shows their solidarity in spite of their own poor resources resulting in a high pressure on water and drainage infrastructures and the household items of the hosting populations. Different community, state or humanitarian players, coordinate to respond to this emergency.

  • 20,32 million inhabitants
  • 40.1% poverty rate
  • 182nd out of 189 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2018
  • Team 25 international staff
    125 national staff
  • Budget 8,853,438€

The communities that welcome displaced people share their meagre resources and in addition, the water resources in the region are put under pressure. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL gives priority to carrying out renovation operations of the existing hydraulic infrastructures and reinforces the access to water in the hosting areas. The teams of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL contribute to strengthening the management and infrastructure maintenance committees, by raising awareness for good hygiene practices by providing technical trainings.

Beyond the actions intended to respond to the immediate needs of the populations in terms of drinking water, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL puts in place a light and flexible responsive mechanism to future shocks, such as water, drainage, hygiene and emergency shelters. In case of new displacements or disasters in the area, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is able to roll out a team to re-establish, strengthen or establish a clean water access. The teams of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL also build toilet facilities in places where displaced people are gathered. The populations affected by these situations receive hygiene kits and emergency shelters containing essential utensils contributing to anyone’s dignity.

In order to cover future water needs, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL acts together with major players in the field in charge of maintaining water services (ONEA, local municipalities and private operators) to express the responses of immediate needs and the investments that contribute to the reinforcement of fair and sustainable universal water services.


Crisis and Support Center, European Union (ECHO), Mairie de Paris, UNICEF, USAID, OFDA, FFP, SIDA GFFO, SDC, EuropeAid, AFD, ACF, IRC, WFP, GRET, Groupe URD

Our impact

Quick multisectoral response

About 160,000 beneficiaries

– Rehabilitation of water access points
– Emergency food assistance
– Rehabilitation and construction of emergency shelters
– Distribution of hygiene kits

Access to basic services and infrastructures

About 215,000 beneficiaries

– Rehabilitation and construction of water access points
– Construction of toilet facilities
– Creation of water management committees
– Construction of « water, drainage and hygiene » infrastructures in healthcare centres
– Distribution of “COVID-19” kits and raising awareness for protective measures
– Realisation of Emergency Direction Schemes for the drinking water service
– Construction of hydraulic infrastructures
– Reinforcement of the local regulations in terms of water services
– Supporting operators and communities in the conception of strategies and the adoption of adequate methods related to the promotion of good hygiene practices, the water cycle and the associated risks of infection

food security

Food security and reinforcement of means of subsistence

About 90,000 beneficiaries

Promotion of cultivation practices and inputs that are compatible with climate change
– Money transfers intended for nutrition purposes
– Promotion of good nutritional practices

Should you have any questions, please contact Emmanuel Rinck

Emmanuel Rinck


At head office