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Burkina Faso

DCAF works with a wide range of partner institutions in Burkina Faso to support national reform processes in the field of security sector governance. To this end, we facilitate exchanges between stakeholders in order to support efforts to better respect the principles of good governance, gender and the rule of law.

We do this according to the priorities of our partners, who range from government ministries to human rights organizations, the Burkinabe defense and security forces, financial control and mediation institutions, civil society and the media.

Read our factsheet to get an overview of DCAF's work in Burkina Faso.




Photo: Olympia de Maismont
Each member of society has the right – even the obligation – to play one’s part in security sector governance to help build up the country.
Ali Traoré, Director of GRASH, a civil society partner of DCAF


DCAF has been active in Burkina Faso since 2014 through a wide range of activities to support better governance of the security sector, and has had an office in Ouagadougou since 2022. Since 2019, generous financial support from Denmark and Norway, followed by Switzerland and Belgium, has enabled DCAF to accompany the security sector reform process through the adoption of improved policies, practices and behaviors.

Like other Sahelian countries, the citizens of Burkina Faso face growing insecurity due to violent extremism. Despite national, regional and international efforts to address the wide range of issues, Burkina Faso continues to face chronic instability, and recurrent humanitarian crises.

The state's limited capacity to provide basic services and encourage dialogue and citizen participation aggravates grievances, leaving room for terrorist and criminal groups. This failure has engendered a cycle of loss of trust between state representatives, defense and security forces, on the one hand, and communities, on the other, fostering the emergence of hybrid security actors and fuelling violent extremism.

DCAF's various activities in Burkina Faso include the following:

  • The development of training curricula for defence and security forces training centers aimed at better integrating the gender dimension;
  • Support for the conduct of financial audits in the security and defense sector through methodological support for the parties concerned;
  • Support for state and non-state human rights institutions and organizations to help prevent violent extremism.






















Sadou Sidibé, National SSR Advisor (

Valentin Wagee, Senior Project Officer (

Jolie-Ruth Morand, Principal Programme Manager (

Anne Bennett, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Division (