Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Burkina Faso: Journalist, Junta Critics Feared Disappeared

Authorities Should Urgently Locate the Missing; African Commission Should Speak Out

 Burkina Faso authorities should urgently investigate and publicly report on the whereabouts of a journalist and two prominent critics of the country’s military junta, Human Rights Watch said today. The abductions since June 18 of Serge Oulon, director of an investigative newspaper, Adama Bayala, and Kalifara Séré, both working as television…

Source: The World Bank Group |

Burkina Faso: Launch of two World Bank Economic Reports

The report suggests policy options including raising agricultural productivity, increasing the technological sophistication of firms, improving resource allocation and productivity through better transport, and achieving gender equality

The World Bank today launched (i) the Burkina Faso Economic Update and (ii) the Country Economic Memorandum (CEM). The Economic Update highlights recent economic trends in the country and analyzes the short- and medium-term economic outlook. Focusing on scaling up social assistance, the April 2024 edition, “Sustaining the Momentum of Social Assistance…

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Permanent Representation in Burkina Faso Celebrates the 49th Anniversary of ECOWAS

The Acting ECOWAS Resident Representative in Burkina Faso, His Excellency Francis Chuks Njoaguani, spoke of the challenges of regional integration and community development

On Saturday 15 June 2024, the ECOWAS Permanent Representation in Burkina Faso celebrated the 49th anniversary of the regional institution at its offices. The delayed commemoration was attended by staff from ECOWAS agencies based in Ouagadougou and their families, as well as members of staff from the West African Health…

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Faced with the threat of regional disintegration in West Africa, resignation is not an option (By Dr Olakounlé Gilles Yabi)

We need an ECOWAS that gives young people reasons to dream

By Dr Olakounlé Gilles Yabi, Founder and CEO of the citizen think tank WATHI (www.WATHI.org). In 2014, when I was working to launch the citizen think tank WATHI, I wrote the following in the concept note I proposed to dozens of friends interested in the present and future of West Africa:…

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International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated to Support Trade Finance in Seven African Countries

IFC’s $140 million trade finance guarantee facility will help strengthen the participating affiliates’ trade finance operations and leverage ETI’s wide-spanning footprint in Africa

To promote trade and foster economic growth in Africa, IFC today announced trade finance facilities with seven Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) (www.Ecobank.com) subsidiaries operating in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, and Togo. IFC’s $140 million trade finance guarantee facility will help strengthen the participating affiliates’ trade finance…

Source: Save the Children |

Burkina Faso: Number of Children Facing Emergency Hunger Levels set to Surge Fivefold as Rainy Season Approaches

Insecurity, the approaching lean season between harvests, and rising food prices mean many do not know where their next meal will come from

The number of children in Burkina Faso facing emergency levels of hunger looks set to surge fivefold to about 210,000 by the middle of this year without an urgent injection of food assistance, said Save the Children. Insecurity, the approaching lean season between harvests, and rising food prices mean many…

Source: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) |

The Vice-President of The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission H.E. Mrs Damtien L. Tchintchibidja Advocates Pooling Efforts to speed up the Implementation of the ECOWAS Human Capital Development (HCD) Strategy

This meeting of experts and focal points from Member States, organised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, aims to strengthen the commitment of Member States

The Vice-President of the ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Mrs Damtien L. Tchintchibidja, opened a three-day regional technical conference on Human Capital Development (HCD) in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday 8 May 2024.  This meeting of experts and focal points from Member States, organised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)…

Source: International Rescue Committee (IRC) |

Food insecurity at an all-time high in West and Central Africa: Millions of people face hunger if no immediate action is taken, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC supports communities across the region to ensure their most basic survival needs are met and have the combination of assets and income to prosper through cash relief and livelihoods

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is extremely concerned about escalating food and nutrition insecurity in West and Central African countries. Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria are all anticipated to face Crisis (IPC3) level of food insecurity or worse during the lean season - the time between harvests…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Islamic Republic of Iran |

Iran Foreign Minister (FM) Burkina Faso Prime Minister (PM) meet in Tehran reaffirm determination to bolster ties

Tambela has traveled to Tehran at the head of a delegation to take part in the 2nd Iran-Africa summit

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian met on Tuesday with Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister Kyelem de Tambela in Tehran and held talks on the promotion and enhancement of bilateral ties in various fields. Tambela has traveled to Tehran at the head of a delegation to take part in the 2nd Iran-Africa…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Comment by United Nations Human Rights Office spokesperson Marta Hurtado on Burkina Faso

Fighting impunity and pursuing accountability is paramount to ensure people trust in the rule of law and social cohesion

“We are deeply disturbed by reports of the killing of large numbers of civilians, including children, in several villages in the Yatenga and Soum provinces in northern Burkina Faso in recent months in an overall context of fighting between armed groups and Burkinabè forces. While we have not been able…