Assistance for Households Affected by the Security Crisis in the Center-North and Sahel regions of Burkina Faso (PAMAC)

Contract partner: Caritas Österreich Country: Burkina Faso Funding amount: € 1.500.000,00 Project start: 01.09.2021 End: 14.04.2024

Short Description:

Overall goal

The aim of the project is to contribute to improving the living conditions and well-being of vulnerable populations affected by the humanitarian crisis in the Center-North and Sahel regions of Burkina Faso. (Contribution to SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & GAP III Objective 3.3)

Expected results

.1) 4,624 children have improved access to education and psychosocial services

1.2) 5,978 persons have improved access to drinking water and sanitation facilities

1.3) 12,355 persons are able to meet their food needs

1.4) 3,255 new internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 1,255 members of host communities have received emergency humanitarian aid

2.1) 500 women and 80 young people have improved their livelihoods to support the needs of their families


Target group / Beneficiaries

The project will directly benefit 24,532 persons (55% women, 3% people with disabilities, and 58% internally displaced people). The target groups include vulnerable resident households, IDPs (new and old), children of school age, pregnant and breastfeeding women, children aged 6 to 23 months.

The project targets the municipalities of Djibo and Dori (Sahel) and the municipality of Kaya (Center North) in Burkina Faso.


Education in Emergency: construction and equipment of 6 classrooms, establishment of reception areas for children, tutoring courses, medical consultations in schools, upgrading of schools to disability inclusion standards, provision of scholarships, distribution of feminine hygiene kits.

Water and sanitation (WASH): drilling of 4 boreholes, rehabilitation of a water tower, community awareness sessions and organization of a play, construction of family and community latrines, distribution of hygiene kits.

Food security and nutrition: distribution of coupons / vouchers, direct distribution of food, nutritional assistance and pharmaceutical products for young, malnourished children and pregnant and breastfeeding women, material support, awareness sessions on infant nutrition.

Disaster preparedness: emergency support in the event of a crisis.

Livelihood: provision of cash for work, provision of installation kits for young people willing to start their own small business, support to women for farming activities.


The security context in the Sahel is deteriorating, basic social services are disrupted, access both to markets and financial services is restricted, and the COVID-19 crisis puts further stress on the system. As a result, the situation of people in need living or finding refuge in the project areas has become extremely critical, increasing their dependence on humanitarian aid. Burkina Faso has more than a million IDPs, while more than 150 health centers are not functioning, 3,500 schools are closed, food insecurity prevails and access to water and sanitation is insufficient.

project number 2682-02/2021
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
tied 0
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Reproductive health: 1, Poverty: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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