Burkina Faso is currently experiencing a dynamic and complex humanitarian crisis, resulting from the severe consequences of conflict and violence and climate variability. Displacement, chronic acute food insecurity and malnutrition are now widespread in the country.
In late 2019, CDAC undertook a scoping mission to assess the status, current strengths and needs related to response-wide Communication, Community Engagement and Accountability (CCEA) in Burkina Faso. Following the recommendations from the resulting situational analysis, CDAC, with funding from H2H Network’s H2H Fund, which is supported by UK aid from the UK government, began operations to support the inception and integration of a common services approach to Accountability to Affected People (AAP), communication and engagement with communities to enable enhanced accountability, community acceptance, trust building and a more effective response in Burkina Faso.
The Community Engagement and Accountability Working Group in Burkina Faso was founded in March 2020 to bring greater accountability to affected populations in the humanitarian response in Burkina Faso. Its aim was to promote intersectoral coordination for the effective inclusion of needs, concerns and priorities of affected communities, and kick-start efforts to provide coordinated feedback to communities. The group was established with clearly-defined TORs, an Action Plan and clear lines of coordination with the clusters, the Humanitarian Country Team, relevant government bodies and NGO groups.
This case study of the project looks at how localisation of CCEA approaches were facilitated with the help of strong local leadership and international support, in a collaborative approach that produced significant results.
The case study can be downloaded in English and French below.