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Burkina Faso Design Report 2019-2021

Burkina Faso improved the co creation process for the second action plan with increased transparency and access to information. It resulted in an action plan that addresses priorities surfaced during consultations (including transparency in the mining sector, inclusion of gender and youth and tax collection at the local level) as well as government priorities (security and good governance). Moving forward, Burkina Faso should ensure the timely publication of the budget’s audit report and public access to asset declarations and consider expanding the work on the beneficial ownership register and improve governance of the extractive sector in future action plans.

Table 1. At a glance

Participating since:  2016
Action plan under review: Second
Report type: Design
Number of commitments: 11

Action plan development
Is there a multistakeholder forum:  Yes
Level of public influence: Involve
Acted contrary to OGP process: No

Action plan design
Commitments relevant to OGP values: 11 (100%)
Transformative commitments: 0
Potentially starred commitments: 0

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global partnership that brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to create action plans that make governments more inclusive, responsive, and accountable. The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) monitors all action plans to ensure governments follow through on commitments. Burkina Faso joined the OGP in 2016. This report covers the development and design of Burkina Faso’s second action plan for 2019-2021.

General overview of action plan

The co-creation process for this action plan improved in terms of transparency and access to information vis-à-vis the process of their first action plan. It had significant participation from non-governmental actors with opportunities to provide input and receive feedback on how their contributions were considered. Nonetheless, not all advocacy and awareness-raising activities took place, and in some instances, the mechanisms for engagement did not ensure the participation of all actors and the quality of input, mainly due to insufficient financial resources.

The current action plan comprises commitments that are organized in 5 policy areas: civic participation, transparency, public administration effectiveness, equality and social justice, and access to information. The action plan reflects some of the priority needs discussed during consultations, such as transparency in the mining sector and inclusion of gender and youth (new areas), and tax collection at the local level. The action plan addresses priority areas of government such as security and good governance. Compared to the 2017-2019 action plan, the current action plan is more diverse, not focusing primarily on tackling corruption and improving access to information (Freedom of Information Act). While some commitments have an ultimate objective to enhance civic engagement and participation, the mechanisms used to achieve this objective tend toward information campaigns rather than active participatory processes. Burkina Faso still faces some challenges regarding budget transparency that affect its OGP Eligibility Score[i], particularly due to the decrease in availability of budget information for not producing the Audit Report[ii].

Table 2. Noteworthy commitments

Commitment description Moving forward Status at the end of implementation cycle
Commitment 4: Implement the reform on the obligation for taxpayers other than politicians to declare interest and wealth To maximize transparency, ensure public access to information on asset declarations, equip ASCE-LC to process the asset declarations with the new platform, provide staff with resources to verify the accuracy of asset declarations and strengthen mechanisms to ensure sanctions against officials who fail to submit them. Finally, consider participatory audits that enable civil society organizations to contribute to verification and oversight efforts. Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.
Commitment 5: Modernize the civil status system by using the innovative and integrated technological solution “ICIVIL” in the six launching communes Ensure that birth registration data is secure, with civil society involvement in developing and implementing safeguards on data use, and publicly available assessments related to the ethics, human rights, and fairness of data processing. Expand the ICIVIL platform to other communes and aim to increase accuracy of data by standardizing the civil register. Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.
Commitment 7: Improving access of vulnerable people to the Legal Aid Fund Prioritize timely disbursements to the Legal Assistance Fund; continue the expansion of coverage and resources; consider evaluations that help identify factors that may be preventing citizens from applying for legal assistance to address them in the program’s design and; improve access to information about laws and procedures to enable individuals to identify their legal needs and sources of legal advice. Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.
Commitment 9: Increase the representation of women in decision-making spheres The IRM recommends addressing other barriers preventing women’s engagement in public life, like promoting citizenry education with an emphasis on gender equality in the nation’s education system, increase support for women candidates in financing, media exposure and advocacy. Additionally, ensure sanctions are imposed for non-compliance of the quota law. Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.


IRM recommendations aim to inform the development of the next action plan and guide implementation of the current action plan. Please refer to Section V: General Recommendations for more details on each of the below recommendations.

Table 3. Five KEY IRM Recommendations

Develop a strategy to ensure the sustainability of the open government agenda and OGP action plans by addressing issues with the eligibility score like ensuring the timely publication of the budget’s audit report.
Leverage open government principles in an open response and open recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Strengthen the open government focus of commitments by going beyond the publication of data to include meaningful participation of citizens in decision making (e.g. creating local spaces and capacities for citizen participation and deliberation on budgets or creating opportunities for participatory audits, involving citizens at the local level in oversight activities along with oversight institutions)
Expand the work on the beneficial ownership register and improve governance of the extractive sector in future action plans.
Align and articulate the connections between commitments that aim at building institutional capacities in government, so they become instrumental to the policy reforms prioritized in the action plan.

[i] Database of OGP Eligibility Scores:

[ii] Open Budget Survey, Burkina Faso, 2019:


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