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A four-year consortium project implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation with the NGO World Waternet - ECDD aims to strengthen the capacity of institutions to better manage water, sanitation and hygiene services, and agriculture resources. To achieve this, the partnership works through various institutions, including water agencies, local water committees (CLE), communes, and agricultural umbrella organisations. Started in December 2020, and set to run for four years, the project is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Burkina Faso for a total value of € 12,450,000.

Burkina Faso faces deep challenges in managing its water resources for subsistence and productive use. Based on current knowledge, usable and renewable water resources are estimated at 3.1-3.4 billion m³ of surface water in an average rainy year, compared to less than 2 billion m³ in a drought year. Despite efforts made in recent years, the National Inventory for Water Infrastructure in 2017 found that nearly 34% of the population in rural areas did not have access to drinking water. National access rate for basic sanitation was around 48% in urban areas and less than 20% in rural areas. Agriculture, which constitutes the main income-generating activity of households in rural areas, faces great production risks due to changing climatic conditions. The reduction and impoverishment of arable land is contributing to heightened insecurity and health challenges, thereby, raising the social and economic vulnerabilities of households.

ECDD, a global objective with multiple impacts

The aim of ECDD is to contribute to the resilience of populations in target areas by increasing access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services, and improving livelihoods. Water and soil conservation, inclusive and sustainable management of water supply services, improvements in rural sanitation, and the promotion of resilient and sustainable family farming are the main outcomes of ECDD.

As lead partner and project manager, SNV is responsible for two work packages/components:

  • Improving equitable and sustainable access to drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene in rural areas, applying SNV’s Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) approach.
  • Increasing and diversifying agricultural stocks and incomes of rural households.


As a co-partner in the ECDD implementation, WWN is responsible for three components:

  • Improving the integrated management of water resources by strengthening the capacities of water agencies and local water committees.
  • Contributing to the rehabilitation of soils, water quality and water retention capacity.
  • Improving sustainable and inclusive access to basic drinking water supplies in provincial and regional capitals.


The project works through a wide range of partners, including the Ministry of Water and Sanitation of Burkina Faso and its associated structures, communes where interventions will take place, and agricultural umbrella organisations.

ECDD, strategic choices for lasting results

ECDD’s approaches and methods are based on the principles of good governance, social inclusion, institutional, environmental, and financial sustainability. Its implementation approach brings together the various stakeholders from the regional, inter-commune and local levels, and makes local water committees, regional authorities and local organisations the main actors to bring about the desired change. Households in rural and semi-urban areas are expected to benefit from ECDD’s success, specifically, vulnerable groups, women and young people. ECDD is working with five water agencies: Cascades, Gourma, Liptako, Mouhoun and Nakanbé, 17 local water committees (CLE), seven communes, and four agricultural umbrella organisations. Conflict sensitivity and gender are transversal approaches that inform practical implementation and application of context-specific and adaptive solutions.



Additional resources

ECDD fact sheet, available in French only.

Media coverage of project launch, in French only: |

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