General Budget Support to Burkina Faso (2017-2020)

SECO is a long-standing partner of Burkina Faso in terms of general budget support. The aid is accompanied by targeted technical assistance. Together with other donors, SECO will support full implementation of the new National Economic and Social Development Plan with a budget support grant in the amount of CHF 30 million for the period 2017-2020.

Pays/région Période Budget
Burkina Faso
01.01.2017 - 01.01.2020
CHF  30’000’000

The democratic outcome of Burkina Faso's presidential and parliamentary elections of November 2015 gave rise to a new encouraging political context. The Government adopted in July 2016 an ambitious National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES) to be implemented by 2020. The new poverty reduction plan takes into account the lessons learnt from past economic development strategies, notably the strategy for accelerated growth and sustainable development (SCADD). The new plan follows the Presidential Programme, which seeks to "build, along with the people, a country of democracy, economic and social progress, freedom and justice".


The overall objective of the PNDES is to structurally transform the Burkinabe economy to achieve strong, sustainable, resilient, inclusive growth, generating decent employment and improved social welfare. The expected impacts of the development plan are the improved effectiveness of political, adminstrative, economic, local and environmental governance, the achievement of an average growth rate of 7.7%, creating at least 50'000 jobs every year, the decline of poverty from 40% in 2014 to 35% in 2020, the drop of demographic growth rate from 3.1% in 2015 to 2.7% in 2020, the acceleration of the human capital development level and the advent of production and consumption methods guided by sustainable development perspective.

Effets à moyen terme

Axis 1: Reforms of the institutions and modernization of the administration.

Axis 2: Development of human capital.

Axis 3: Stimulation of sectors with growth potential for the economy.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

Improved political and administrative governance (new laws, better info sharing, etc.) .

Improved economic governance (measured through surveys).

Strengthening of decentralization coupled with the promotion of good local governance.

Improved population health and acceleration of demographic transition.

Improved education quality paired with higher education and training development to match the needs of the economy.

Better research and innovation at the service of the structural transformation of the economy.

More employment and social security protection for young people and women.

Improved living environment, such as access to water and sanitation.

Development of a sustainable agro-sylvo-pastoral sector.

Development of a competitive industrial and artisanal sector.

Increased trade and expansion of service industries.

Development of good infrastructure.

Monitoring and cure of environmental degradation.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

The past phase did contribute to the following results:

- Macroeconomic stabilization and support for sustained and stable economic growth rates

- Budget structure more favorable to sectors of economic growth such as agriculture.

- Improvement in the level of tax revenue collection.

- Progressive strengthening of the efficiency of the public expenditure management system.

- Improvement of the budgetary process with the acceleration of the budgetary planning process.

- Contribution to cross-cutting themes such as prioritization of gender equality and the key role of civil society.

- Complementarity between SECO general budget support and SDC project modality.

Notwithstanding these positive results, important limitations and challenges do remain:

- Non-inclusive character of the growth model.

- Constraints on the implementation of investments.

- Quasi-absence of public debate on the high population growth issue.

- Weak donor-governement dialogue at the level of sectoral policies.

Direction/office fédéral responsable SECO
Crédit Coopération au développement
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    30’000’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    0 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF    225’000’000
Phases du projet

Phase 9 01.01.2017 - 01.01.2020   (Active)

Phase 8 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2016   (Active)