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Burkina Faso

81 activities implemented, 1930 beneficiaries reached 

About Burkina Faso  

Population (2017): 19,193,380

GDP (2017): 12,322,864,240

GDP growth (annual %): 6.3

Population growth (annual %): 2.9

Life expectancy at birth: 60

Fertility rate, total (births per woman): 5.4

(World Bank Data 2017)

Burkina Faso and the Sahel Programme

Since its inception, the Sahel Programme and its partners have implemented 81 activities in Burkina Faso reaching over 1930 beneficiaries, 8.86% of which were women

Through its partnership with UNODC's Sahel Programme, Burkina Faso has achieved notable results including:

  • The government of Burkina Faso adopted an updated counter-terrorism law in December 2015, following UNODC assistance. The new law features provisions to address the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters (FTF), a rising concern for Sahel countries and the international community at large. Read More


  • In January 2017, Burkinabe legislators passed laws to create and institutionalize specialized judicial units (in French, "Pôle judiciaire spécialisé") to strengthen the fight against transnational organized crime, terrorism and its financing, following the provision of UNODC legal expertise and training. Read More


  • UNODC provided marking equipment related registration software for state owned civilian firearms to Burkina Faso and Mali, as well as training on their use. As a result, more than 13,500 firearms have been marked in both countries since 2015.


  • "UNODC assistance enabled the National Police to identify and locate a firearm from Burkina Faso's weapon stock within a terrorist group operating in the Sahelian zone of Mali," reported Adama Sankara, a Burkinabe police officer in early 2017.


Key activities implemented in Burkina Faso through the Sahel Programme include:

  • In line with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), requiring that each State Party promotes integrity, honesty, and responsibility among public officials, UNODC has been assisting Burkina Faso in the promotion of integrity and in the development of anti-corruption strategies for the police, gendarmerie, and customs. Between February and May 2018, three national workshops were organized in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso with the police, the gendarmerie, and customs, respectively, in order to formalize strategies tailored towards each security force to promote integrity and fight corruption. Read More


  • UNODC organized an activity in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 16 April to 27 April 2018 for investigators from various departments of the police and gendarmerie. Participants were trained on various aspects of the intelligence cycle and its role during investigations. Judicial police officers (intended for Burkina Faso's specialized counter-terrorism service) had the opportunity to simulate surveilling and tailing suspects, practice drafting and presenting a briefing note on GSIM, an active terrorist organization in Burkina Faso, and they also observed a drug test on pills containing amphetamine sold locally in markets. Read More