Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. In recent years, the government has made education in general, and youth entrepreneurship and vocational training in particular, a budgetary priority, efforts bolstered by an unprecedented influx of aid to the sector. The economic growth rate is high; Burkina Faso has a wealth of natural resources and there is a growing food processing industry and a nascent tech sector. Other bright spots include high rates of social media use amongst youth, growing mobile and internet phone penetration, and an active culture of youth associations. Above all, the energy and dynamism of the youth themselves present a significant source of untapped potential for future growth.


  • Area: 267.950 km2
  • Population: 19.7 million
  • Capital: Ouagadougou

Swisscontact in BURKINA FASO

  • since 1998


Niger, Burkina Faso
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Bridge Youth Connect
The purpose of BYC is to facilitate access to strategic economic and social opportunities for vulnerable youth in Niger and Burkina Faso. 
Burkina Faso
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Mara Panga
Dans le cadre du service financier, la création de groupes d’auto-financement inspirés de la tontine permettent de contribuer à l’amélioration des revenus des populations qui n’ont pas accès aux services financiers formels.
Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali
Labour market insertion
Education for opportunities – Empowering young women and men in the Sahel region
The aim of the project is to integrate young adults into the national labour market as well as to facilitate the development of income generation activities. This will make gainful professional activities within their reach so that they can improve their living conditions sustainably.


Opportunities for the vast majority of young people are limited. An underdeveloped private sector offers few options, the portfolio of work activities influenced by the seasonal agricultural calendar and migration. Agriculture dominates the economy, but training in the agro-sylvo-pastoral field is under-resourced, and despite its potential, the majority of young people do not perceive agriculture as a rewarding option.

Swisscontact is developing market-friendly and contextual vocational training that meets local developmental needs and ensures participation and inclusion of local stakeholders. 

Swisscontact contributes to the improvement of the living conditions of rural youth, by the establishment of training-systems and the integration of trained youths into the labour market.

Therefore we support young people to achieve their potential through technical and soft-skills training, improved access to career coaching, business development support and financial services. We focus on agricultural, technical and soft skills development, including support via existing government platforms. Additional activities include the promotion of value chains to take advantage of business opportunities to increase incomes and create jobs. Additionally, we facilitate access to Financial Services. 

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