Burkina Faso

Partner: UNHCR

UNHCR and Better Shelter

Sahel is a vast region spanning from west to east Africa over parts of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan and Eritrea.

In Mali, the military coup of March 2012 put an end to 20 years of democracy in the country. In the years following, jihadist militias took control of the northern region of the country, but when advancing south they were stopped by military intervention. A peace and reconciliation agreement was signed in June 2015, however, confrontations between armed groups persisted, making it difficult for Malians to return to their homes. More than 25,000 Malians have sought refuge in Burkina Faso.

In Burkina Faso, the Sahel region (bordering Niger and Mali) is home to many crises – from political instability and violence perpetrated by armed groups, to food insecurity and environmental issues with severe droughts and floods. Almost 150,000 nationals have been forced to flee their homes in the past year.

UNHCR has installed 1,494 units to offer shelter to 1,394 IDP households and 100 refugee families in the Central-North and Sahel regions of Burkina Faso.

More information here.

Photos: © UNHCR/Romain Desclous

Where we work

Project Information

LocationOugadougou, Burkina Faso


Number of units1,494

PurposeTemporary shelter