A girl drawing water from the public fountain.

Improving the effectiveness of drinking water and sanitation services in Burkina Faso

Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (PEA)

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2022 to 2024

  • Products and expertise

    Sustainable infrastructure: water, energy, transport


In Burkina Faso, urban water supply and sanitation services are over burned by fast population growth, urbanisation, and development of peri-urban settlements with predominantly poor communities. In urban areas, 25 per cent people have no access to safe drinking water and only 39 per cent use sanitation facilities complying with minimum standards. Lack of hygiene and lack of sanitation facilities contribute to the pollution of drinking water.

Climate change is causing rainfall decrease, making dams dry up faster and lowering the level of groundwater, the major source of drinking water in BurkinaFaso. Inefficient water systems and increasing use of fossil energy for water supply and sanitation services increase energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Conflicts and terrorism result in displaced people, further hindering access to drinking water and sanitation. Their needs put a strain on the already inadequate water systems of the local population and increase health and environmental risks due to open defecation and illegal dumping of faecal sludge.

Fäkalschlammbehandlungsanlage mit Projektunterstützung der GIZ gebaut.


Urban drinking water and sanitation services are improved in Burkina Faso.


The project focuses on consolidating and expanding the achievements of previous stages while following an intervention logic and strategy consistent with the objectives of the various national programmes. It also focuses on helping municipalities in the management of urban drinking water supply and sanitation.

Eine Frau, die gerade mit Projektunterstützung der GIZ einen neuen Wasseranschluss bekommen hat.

Specific support to the office national de l'eau et de l'assainissement (ONEA) will focus on organisational development through strategies, management concepts and instruments as well as the optimisation of processes, using modern information technologies. The implementation strategy will be complemented by the development of knowledge, capacities and skills of technical and managerial staff.

The project intends to promote services that meet the criteria of availability, affordability, appropriate technology and quality for access to drinking water and sanitation services, taking into account the Human Rights Based Approach and the “Leave No One Behind” principle.

Last update: November 2023

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