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Burkina Faso: GGGI and Sweden support the establishment of a National Measuring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) system

Burkina Faso: GGGI and Sweden support the establishment of a National Measuring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) system

AFRICA, Burkina Faso, TECHNOLOGY
The MRV system is essential for the effective implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris AgreementOUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, July 27, 2020/ -- ContextThe concept of MRV (Measuring, Reporting, and Verification) was firstly introduced at the Conference of the Parties in Bali in 2007 (COP 13), and it designates a set of processes and procedures that allow the collection and reporting of ''factual information (data), its assessment and verification to determine if, when and how countries have met their respective obligations in the implementation of climate actions. Originally designed to monitor compliance with quantified commitments to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from developed countries, the concept has evolved a lot since to also apply to the...
Coronavirus – Burkina Faso: Tackling COVID-19 fear and stigma

Coronavirus – Burkina Faso: Tackling COVID-19 fear and stigma

CORONAVIRUS
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, July 26, 2020/ -- Hesitancy to get tested, avoiding contact tracers or wariness of what the neighbours will say: the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a variety of reactions among some Ouagadougou residents that have complicated timely response. When the country’s COVID-19 rapid response team tried to reach out to a man who had been in contact with a patient taken for treatment at a Ouagadougou hospital, he shifted from refusing to take calls, to promising to show up for testing and to suggesting that the team comes to his house only at night. “He said that since we went to his house to take samples, even before the test results were known, no-one came to visit them again. Everybody was staring at them strangely. It was really difficult for them,” says Safia...
Coronavirus – Burkina Faso: Living conditions worsen for displaced people as violence escalates and rainy season begins

Coronavirus – Burkina Faso: Living conditions worsen for displaced people as violence escalates and rainy season begins

AFRICA
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 22, 2020/ -- The number of displaced people seeking safety in Burkina Faso’s Center-North region has almost doubled in six months to 386,000 as a result of growing insecurity and violence in the region. Many have no option but to live in improvised shelters in remote areas, without basic services and exposed to the elements as the rainy season begins. To help meet the vast needs, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical teams are providing basic health services throughout the region and running mobile clinics to reach people in the remotest areas. “[When the first rains hit in May,] the water flooded all the tents so we had to get up and stay standing up until the morning,” said Nabonswendé, who was displaced form his village and now live...
Coronavirus – Burkina Faso: UAE Sends Second Medical Aid Plane to Burkina Faso in Fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Burkina Faso: UAE Sends Second Medical Aid Plane to Burkina Faso in Fight against COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, July 17, 2020/ -- The UAE today sent an aid plane carrying 8 metric tons of medical supplies and testing kits to Burkina Faso. This aid will assist approximately 8,000 medical professionals as they work to contain the virus, bolstering the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. "Based on the UAE's leading and humanitarian role in providing assistance in times of crisis, and harnessing all possibilities to help African countries on the basis of mutual respect, an aid aircraft was sent today to Burkina Faso. The plane carrying urgent medical supplies is meant to help medical personnel do their best to combat the pandemic," said H.E. Dr. Fahad Obaid Mohammed Al-Taffaq, UAE Ambassador to Nigeria and Non-Resident Ambassador to Burkina Faso. His...
Coronavirus – Burkina Faso resumes Polio Vaccination Campaigns under strict COVID-19 prevention measures

Coronavirus – Burkina Faso resumes Polio Vaccination Campaigns under strict COVID-19 prevention measures

HEALTH
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), July 7, 2020/ -- Yesterday, Burkina Faso concluded a four-day mass polio immunization campaign, vaccinating 174 304 children under five years of age in two districts of the country’s Centre-East region, while observing COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures. The campaign is the first to be conducted since the government suspended all mass immunization on 27 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic to comply with the physical distancing guidelines to curb transmission of the virus. As immunization campaigns resume, World Health Organization (WHO) teams at both regional and country offices have developed guidance for countries and frontline workers to ensure their safety and that of the children and their families. All vaccinators and he...
AFRICA: Gunmen kill 20 at cattle market’ in Kompienga, Burkina Faso.

AFRICA: Gunmen kill 20 at cattle market’ in Kompienga, Burkina Faso.

AFRICA, Burkina Faso, CRIME
At least 20 people have been killed in eastern Burkina Faso when gunmen stormed a cattle market, reports say. Gunmen on motorbikes fired into the crowded market in Kompienga town in the middle of the day on Saturday, eyewitnesses were quoted as saying by local media. It is unclear who was behind the attack. Burkina Faso has seen a sharp rise in jihadist violence and inter-communal clashes in recent months. The violence has forced hundreds of thousand of people to flee their homes. On Friday at least 15 people were killed when suspected Islamist militants attacked a convoy of traders in the north, near the border with Mali. The government blamed the attack on "terrorists", a phrase usually used to the al-Qaeda and Islamic State-linked jihadists Burkina Faso has been battl...
MainOne partners Government and the World Bank to Deliver Connectivity Services into Burkina Faso

MainOne partners Government and the World Bank to Deliver Connectivity Services into Burkina Faso

AFRICA
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, May 29, 2020/ -- MainOne , West Africa’s premier connectivity and data center solution provider, has been entrusted by the State of Burkina Faso, backed by the World Bank, to provide bulk connectivity services to a consortium of operators through the PAV-Burkina Cooperative, for the next three (3) years. Following an international bid to select a preferred operator, MainOne was chosen by the Burkinabe Government (with financial backing from the World Bank) to provide PAV-Burkina with bulk capacity to nodes in Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso. As a landlocked country, Burkina Faso has faced difficulties in accessing world-class connectivity and maintaining ubiquitous broadband internet access due to the lack of infrastructure and the reluctance of major operator...
AFRICA: Official Statement on Barga Attack, in Northern Burkina Faso

AFRICA: Official Statement on Barga Attack, in Northern Burkina Faso

AFRICA, Burkina Faso, CRIME
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, March 10, 2020/ -- The United States condemns the brutal attack and murders perpetrated this past Sunday leaving 43 dead from the commune of Barga in northern Burkina Faso. We remain united with our Burkinabe partners in our common fight against the forces that seek to dismantle the long history of coexistence in Burkina Faso throughout all its diverse communities. We remain steadfast in our determination to promote peace, tolerance, and progress. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims of this senseless attack, and we lower our flag to half mast in solidarity during the 48 hours of national mourning.
BURKINA FASO: President Roch declares national mourning over deadly terrorist attack

BURKINA FASO: President Roch declares national mourning over deadly terrorist attack

AFRICA, Burkina Faso
A two-day national mourning period have been decreed in Burkina Faso following recent terrorist attacks. President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré announced via Twitter that the two-day mourning would begin Tuesday and end Wednesday. This comes after the deadly attack in the north of the country that claimed the lives of 43 people. On Sunday, an unidentified armed group burst into the villages of Dinguila and Barga in Yatenga province leaving also leaving many hospitalised with injuries. During this national mourning, flags will be flown at half-mast on all public buildings and popular festivities will be banned. In Burkina Faso 750,000 people have been displaced by violence – most of them since the beginning of the year. In the face of renewed insecurity, the Burkinabe parl...
AFRICA: U.S. Embassy Burkina Faso Welcomes Three New Nouveaux Horizons (NH) Ambassadors

AFRICA: U.S. Embassy Burkina Faso Welcomes Three New Nouveaux Horizons (NH) Ambassadors

AFRICA, Burkina Faso, FEATURE STORIES
NH ambassadors are young African men and women living on the continent, passionate about books, and involved in their communitiesOUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, February 21, 2020/ -- On February 14, 2020, the American Center at the Embassy of the United States of America in Burkina Faso welcomed three new Nouveaux Horizons (NH) ambassadors to its Public diplomacy family. Nouveaux Horizons translates books by American authors into French, markets them in French-speaking Africa, and distributes them to American embassies who use them in support of their programs. These books cover various subjects such as leadership, management, media, democracy, science, education, and American civilization. A large youth catalog is also available. NH ambassadors are young African men and women livi...
BURKINA FASO: Jihadist attack nearly kills 20 civilians

BURKINA FASO: Jihadist attack nearly kills 20 civilians

AFRICA, Burkina Faso, CRIME
“The attackers, heavily armed and on motorbikes, literally executed the local inhabitants,” the security source told AFP. The attackers left nearly 20 dead, the source added. A local health official, speaking from the town of Dori in the north, said the chief nurse at the nearby village of Lamdamol was among the victims. “There is panic in the village and the surrounding area,” the official added, saying local people were fleeing the area towards the centre-north of the country. Another security source said that the attack had come as a reprisal after jihadists had told local people to leave the area a few days earlier. The security forces worked day and night to make the zone safe, “but it is difficult to be everywhere at once”, said the source. Similar attacks ...
AFRICA: Burkina Faso shattered by world’s fastest growing displacement crisis.

AFRICA: Burkina Faso shattered by world’s fastest growing displacement crisis.

AFRICA, Burkina Faso
A staggering one in ten people in Burkina Faso will need food assistance by JuneOSLO, Norway, January 28, 2020/ -- The number of people displaced in Burkina Faso increased tenfold last year to over 560,000. The figure is predicted to skyrocket to 900,000 people by April as horrific violence continues to force families from their homes."Burkina Faso needs more than bullets and bombs. Military engagement alone is failing to protect vulnerable communities. Donors supporting military efforts to quell the extreme violence have not yet responded to the enormous humanitarian needs with equal emphasis," warned NRC's Secretary General Jan Egeland, who is visiting the country this week.France and states from Africa's Sahel region have increased the predominantly security-oriented respons...