Project profile — Initiative to Support Basic Education

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Initiative to Support Basic Education - Overview
Government of Burkina Faso - Ministry of Economy and Finance
2010-02-03 - 2018-11-09
Country / region • Burkina Faso (100.00%)
Sector • Education, Level Unspecified
Education facilities and training (11120) (20.00%)
• Education, Level Unspecified
Teacher training (11130) (15.00%)
• Basic Education
Primary education (11220) (40.00%)
• Basic Education
Basic life skills for youth and adults (11230) (15.00%)
• Basic Education
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)
Description and results


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.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of 30 April 2015: (i) the number of classrooms at the primary level has increased by 50.6% since 2009, from 38,269 classrooms in 2009 to 57,646 in 2015 (ii) the gross enrolment rate has increased by 10.7% overall, with the largest increase being among girls, going from 74.8% (71.2% girls) in 2009 to 85.5% (85.9% girls) in 2015; (iii) the primary school completion rate saw a significant increase of 14.7 points, with a larger increase being among girls, going from 45.9% (42.5% girls) in 2009 to 60.6% (63.1% girls) in 2015. There are now as many girls than boys who are educated at the elementary level and who complete the primary cycle. New education programs were developed with Canada’s assistance and will be tested during the 2015-2016 school year.



Original budget $176,944
Planned Disbursement $0
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