Project profile — Reduce Intercommunal Violence and Reinforce Social Cohesion in Burkina Faso


Search for Common Ground
2021-09-22 - 2023-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
IFM International Security

Country / region 

• Burkina Faso (100.00%)


• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (100.00%)

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 (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project seeks to reduce intercommunal violence and reinforce social cohesion in Burkina Faso’s Centre-Nord and Sahel regions. To reduce the immediate risk of violence and better protect populations, the project identifies and supports young men and women leaders from communities in conflict to develop and implement community protection plans in collaboration with formal and informal authorities and security actors. The project also seeks to operationalize the Burkinabe government’s formal conflict prevention and management structures so they can de escalate intercommunal tensions and reinforce social cohesion in cooperation with the young leaders. Project activities include: (1) creating citizen forums; (2) analyzing factors of violence, mapping risks and drafting protection plans; (3) facilitating mediation, community dialogues, participatory theatre and solidarity initiatives; (4) providing training on leadership and conflict transformation, and revitalizing conflict prevention and management observatories; and (5) supporting the implementation of the action plans. This 18 month project was developed by Search for Common Ground. The project seeks to provide immediate responses to reduce community violence and protect civilians, while helping to reinforce social cohesion and address the root causes of conflicts.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) young leaders and women leaders actively collaborate with formal and informal authorities and security actors to implement inclusive, gender sensitive community-protection strategies; (2) the communities, particularly young people and various women’s groups, have greater access to resources and platforms to carry out initiatives that build trust with authorities and reinforce intra- and intercommunal cohesion; and (3) the village- and departmental-level local observatories of the Observatoire National de Prévention et de Gestion des Conflits Communautaires [national observatory for preventing and managing community conflicts] have the knowledge and support they need to carry out their community conflict prevention duties in an inclusive, gender-sensitive and effective manner.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
07-09-2023 Disbursement $639,330
05-02-2024 Disbursement $104,092
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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