Project profile — Initiative to Support Basic Education


Government of Burkina Faso - Ministry of Economy and Finance
2010-02-03 - 2018-11-09
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Burkina Faso (100.00%)


• Education facilities and training:
Education facilities and training (11120) (20.00%)
Teacher training (11130) (15.00%)
• Primary education:
Primary education (11220) (40.00%)
Basic life skills for youth and adults (11230) (15.00%)
Early childhood education (11240) (5.00%)
• Basic Health: Health education (12261) (5.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This initiative supports the efforts of the Government of Burkina Faso with the implementation of its Plan for Basic Education Strategic Development (PDSEB) in order to improve the accessibility and quality of basic education. It also seeks to reduce disparities related to gender, disabilities, as well as social and geographic considerations, and to strengthen the institutional capacities of the Ministry of National Education and Literacy (MENA). The project is a continuity of DFATD’s financial and technical support for Burkina Faso’s Basic Education Development Plan (PDDEB) since 2001. PDSEB activities include: 1) constructing school infrastructure (schools, boreholes, and latrines); 2) supplying equipment, teaching materials and school supplies, as well as 3) management capacity building of MENA personnel undertaking its main reforms. The project is part of a pooling of funds coordinated by Canada and other technical and financial partners, including France, Denmark, Luxembourg, Switzerland, UNICEF, and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). As with all pooled fund projects, Canada is working in close cooperation with other donors and the Government of Burkina Faso to promote effective, transparent, and accountable country systems; increase donor coordination and harmonization; and strengthen mutual accountability. This pooled fund also fosters greater policy dialogue among donors, government, and partners, which helps to strengthen efforts for effective, focussed aid, and long-term development results. This project is continuously monitored and evaluated in coordination with other donors.

Expected results 


Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (January 2018) include: (1) improved access to education in 2016, with a gain of 166,246 more pupils enrolled at elementary level, including 83,858 girls and 82,388 boys, and a gain of 64,488 more pupils enrolled at post-elementary level, including 39,585 girls and 24,903 boys; (2) established a continuous progression in girls' access to school where, for the first year, the percentage of girls enrolled at post-elementary level in 2016 (47.2%) was higher than for boys (46.0%); (3) successfully implemented the elementary and post-elementary curriculum review process, including the adoption of the Curriculum Orientation Framework by the Council of Ministers and the start of experimentation of the new programs in schools; (4) implemented management committees involving the community and parents in all schools (11,292 schools); (5) 578 education agents, including 120 women, received support from the Société d'accompagnement au renforcement des capacités (SARC) to improve the skills of agents in basic education, vocational training and non-formal education. This was done to implement quality improvement actions identified by the Ministry of National Education and Literacy; and (6) 500 education management agents, 16% women, received support from SARC to enhance their administrative and financial management skills.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $176,944
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Basket funds/pooled funding
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