Project profile — Sustainable Energy and Economic Growth in the Boucle du Mouhoun Region


Cowater International Inc. (61009)
2017-08-16 - 2021-10-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Burkina Faso (100.00%)


• Energy policy and administrative management:
Energy policy and administrative management (23110) (10.00%)
Energy education/training (23181) (15.00%)
• Energy Generation, Renewable Resources: Solar energy (23230) (25.00%)
• Heating, Cooling And Energy Distribution: Electric power transmission and  distribution (23630) (50.00%)

Policy marker 

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


The project aims to increase inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Burkina Faso. It is active in the Boucle du Mouhoun region, with particular emphasis on the communes of Bana and Kona. The project carries out integrated interventions, with activities that include electrifying 14 localities from the national electricity grid, promoting certified solar lamps in rural areas, and equipping 30 remote health centres with solar energy systems. In addition, the project contributes to create new jobs for women and young entrepreneurs in the region by promoting the development of businesses and economic activities enabled by electricity, as well as by access to financing and vocational training. The project also contributes to building an enabling environment for electrification and related economic development through the improvement of local governance, the establishment of electricity management structures, as well as technical assistance to local authorities, and support to the Ministry of Energy.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased income and number of job opportunities for women in the Boucle du Mouhoun region; and (2) the promotion of an environment conducive to electrification and gender-sensitive economic development.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) provided electricity to approximately 13,416 people in 16 villages that will allow them to develop sustainable economic activities; (2) improved access to basic social services for 376,818 people using the 30 Health and Social Promotion Centers equipped with solar systems to power electricity. 9 additional enters were provided simple, easy-to-install solar kits. Findings from all the health centers show that they are being used frequently; (3) establishment of a social enterprise network for the sale of solar lamps and kits; (4) supported 128 agricultural enterprises, including 36 women's cooperatives and 92 individual entrepreneurs (54 women and 38 men) with solar equipment; and (5) supported the Ministerial unit for Gender Promotion of the Ministry of Energy to implement their three-year action plan.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
22-12-2023 Disbursement $500,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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