Burkina Faso

Drinkable water for displaced persons and host communities
1 034 609 internally displaced persons
12 933 511 people are suffering from food insecurity during lean season
1 200 000 people whose access to healthcare is affected
252 665 people helped


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

The country is targeted by various armed groups and is affected by intense and recurring clashes and killings, that have had terrible humanitarian consequences.

As a result, about 1,034,609 people have been displaced. They are fleeing the violent confrontations, out of fear for their lives, but also because they can no longer access basic services, such as education or healthcare in their home village.

75% of internally displaced persons (IDP) are located in two regions: the North Center and the Sahel region but the displacement zones have expanded towards the Boucle du Mouhoun, the North and the East of the country.

Most displaced persons go to urban areas or larger towns near their place of origin. There, they are hosted and housed by the local population that is showing great solidarity despite its limited resources.  As a result, this puts a lot of pressure on the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructures and on household items of the host populations. The various stakeholders: communities, states and humanitarian organizations, are coordinating in order to respond to the emergency.

  • 20 870 060 million inhabitants
  • 40,1% poverty rate
  • 182nd out of 189 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2018
  • Team 22 international staff
    124 national staff
  • Budget 6 538 712 €

Communities hosting displaced persons have to share their scarce resources with them and the zone’s water supplies are under a lot of pressure. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is primarily rehabilitating existing water infrastructures and improving access to water in hosting areas. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL teams are also helping to strengthen the management and maintenance boards for these infrastructures, by raising awareness of hygiene practices and providing technical trainings.

In addition to these actions addressing the most pressing drinkable water needs of the populations, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is implementing a simple and flexible mechanism to respond to future crises, regarding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and emergency shelters. In the event of new displacements or disasters in the area, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL will be able to deploy a team in order to restore, improve or provide access to clean water. The SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL teams are also building latrines in areas where displaced persons are concentrated. Moreover, populations affected by the choc are given hygiene kits and emergency shelters with essential items to maintain their dignity.


Crisis and Support Center, The ELMA Relief Foundation, European Union (ECHO), UNICEF, USAID, OFDA, FFP, SIDA GFFO, DDC, AFD-DUE

Our impact

water sanitation


50 000 beneficiaries

– Conducting technical diagnoses of water infrastructures and prioritizing work depending on the pressure on water resources
Rehabilitating hand pumps (replacements, upgrades)
– Coordinating and engaging decentralized technical services
– Supporting agricultural means
– Multisectoral cash grants
– Developing revenue-generating activities


75 000 beneficiaries

– Conducting emergency multisectoral diagnoses following population displacement and analyzing the level of vulnerability and needs
Distributing basic hygiene kits
– Distributing emergency shelter kits
– Food aid through cash transfers
– 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