Burkina Faso has been marked by years of protracted political instability resulting from security challenges, a power vacuum, weak governance and the presence of armed groups. Additionally, the country is extremely poor and suffers from high levels of economic inequality and agricultural deficits largely due to insecurity. Burkina Faso remains vulnerable to climatic shocks related to changes in rainfall patterns and faces an acute food and nutrition crisis. This is a direct result of a major drought, which affected the Sahel region in 2017/18.
CARE has been working in Burkina Faso through implementing partners since 2017. Recent programs include a project focusing on women’s inclusive participation in conflict prevention and peace-building in Niger and Burkina Faso, funded by the European Union and the Austrian Development Agency.