Burkina Faso’s 2nd National Survey for More Effective Development Co-operation

As part of its efforts to implement Busan principles, the Government of Burkina Faso committed to undertake annual surveys to measure the progress in aid effectiveness, identify its bottlenecks and provide recommendations for more effective development co-operation.

After a first national survey in 2013, the second survey was officially launched in September 2014 at a national workshop with the participation of representatives from the public sector, providers of development cooperation, private sector and civil society organizations.

Seventeen providers took part at this second survey which covered ODA flows and Arab funds’ flows for the fiscal year 2013. The General Directorate for Development Cooperation (GDDC) of the Ministry of Economics and Finance facilitated data collection and analysis in partnership with providers of development cooperation. Responses to the questionnaire were collected from September to October 2014 and allowed tracking of 6 indicators from the monitoring framework of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.

Data collected was analysed by a multidisciplinary team formed by representatives of the GDDC and other government directorates and ministries, the Governance Strengthening Programme and the UNDP office in Burkina Faso. A first draft of the report was presented to stakeholders – including representatives of the private sector and civil society organizations- at a national validation workshop. The final report produced by the government incorporates observations and recommendations from the workshop.

The results of the study show a decrease on indicators 5a and 5b which measure predictability of aid. This indicates that on average, the proportion of development co-operation disbursed within the fiscal year for which it was scheduled and the proportion of development co-operation covered by forward spending plans have both decreased between 2012 and 2013. For indicator 6, which measures the proportion of development co-operation to the government sector reported on government’s budget, there has been an average increase. This result indicates greater efforts of providers to connect development co-operation programmes with country policies and processes. An improvement was also seen for indicator 9b, which measures the usage of country systems, in comparison with results of 2013 survey. This suggests an increasing use of development countries’ public financial management and procurement systems when providing development co-operation to the government sector. Indicators 7, which is about having inclusive mutual assessment reviews in place, and 8, on having systems conducive to gender equality and women’s empowerment, have both remained constant between 2012 and 2013.

Burkina Faso has been working on the recommendations made at the validation workshop and lessons learned from the monitoring process in order to:

– set up an Aid Management Platform to allow annual systematic monitoring;

– increase involvement of providers in follow-up surveys to international commitments;

– put in place a mechanism to track implementation of the recommendations.

This review process at national level allows Burkina Faso – and its providers of development co-operation- to measure progress on implementing Busan principles on a regular basis and to discuss findings in order to increase effectiveness of development co-operation at country level.