Resource management and rural development in Burkina Faso
The Neer Tamba project aims to improve the living conditions and incomes of almost 200,000 rural households that are among the poorest in Burkina Faso, enabling them to increase their autonomy and expand their role in building economic and social sustainability.
The project focuses on:
- Strengthening resilience to climate change at the household, farm and village levels through sustainable land development.
- Intensifying small-scale farmers' production capacity through the dissemination of best practices and the promotion of financing and innovation.
- Ensuring that poor rural people act as full partners in development activities in order to achieve long-term economic independence.
Above: The Wend-Nonga cassava processing unit, supported by the Neer Tamba project, in Fada-Ngourma, Burkina Faso.
The key challenge for Neer Tamba was monitoring the project activities that were implemented by partners in multiple rural regions of Burkina Faso. Without effective monitoring, the team didn't have reliable data to evaluate, steer and learn. What’s more, they could not measure the outcomes and impact of the project to share with the donor, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Since 2018, Akvo has been providing support by:
- Setting up a digital system to collect and monitor project data in real-time
- Training implementing partners in data collection in the field using Akvo’s tools
- Assisting the monitoring and evaluation team in calculating monitoring indicators and creating the project’s results framework
- Setting up dashboards for the visualisation of indicators
- Providing the team with an up-to-date and accessible database of project beneficiaries
Above: Implementing partners being trained in data collection by Akvo staff
Since 2020, the majority of the project area has been in an insecure zone due to the intensification of terrorist attacks, inter-community tensions, food and nutrition insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Despite the security context, this partnership made it possible to carry out field surveys and to monitor and control development work. By effectively monitoring the activities of actors in the field, the programme has had reliable data for evaluation, steering, learning and capitalisation of good practices for the benefit of other IFAD projects in Burkina Faso.