Year of participation: 2012
Job description: Director Water and Environment
Local government: Nakanbé Water Agency
Land: Burkina Faso
Talent programme: Local Service Delivery & MDG’s
Internship municipality: Waterboard Reest & Wieden

My work for the Nakanbé Water Agency
“My country, Burkina Faso, is a Sahelian country. Economically, the country is classified as one of the poorest countries: traditional agriculture and livestock breeding are the main activities. It is then clear that the problem of water recources is vital for life and the development of the country.

To face the challenges of water ( e.g. climate change, declining rainfall, compromised industrial use of water etc), the government initiated a water policy and introduced Water Agencies throughout the country.

Nakanbé Water Agency is the first water agency in Burkina Faso. The agency covers an area twice as large as The Netherlands. My interests in the Talentprogramme on Local Service Delivery & MDG’s lies at different levels:

1. To understand clearly the concept of  ‘local governance’ – Since the consequences and mechanisms of decentralisation in Burkina have not been clearly defined and understood yet.
2. How to organize the Local Water Commitees – they now suffer from lack of organization on operation.
3. How to monitor the activities of Local Water Commitees – being the first water agency, the local water commitees are looking to us as the Water Agency for everything, I would like to understand more on how to implement and monitor real local governance.
4. How to finance the activities of Local Water Committees –  at this moment the local water committees do not have financial autonomy, how can we as the agency facilitate such autonomy and with that ensure the sustainability of their actions?”

Experiences in The Netherlands
“I learned a lot, even beyond of what I expected. The training course was practice oriented and I have loved the cases studies. I realized that the involvement of local populations in all policies is not only a matter of laws, but a practice that must be insert in policies themselves. Policy makers must always have that on their mind. From Holland and the Dutch, I learned that only hard work leads to progress.I Identified many possible fields of cooperation between my wateragency and waterschap Reest en Wieden

Back-Home-Action Plan
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