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Last updated: February 12, 2020

February 11, 2020

For women in rural Burkina Faso, earning an income and supporting their community is crucial to countering threats from violent extremist organizations (VEOs). Tangaye is a rural commune best known for its peppers, located near the Malian border. Since 2016, VEOs have incited violence and disrupted production and commercial activities in Tangaye. Activities managed by women, such as agriculture, livestock husbandry, and small-scale market gardening are all income-generating activities that have been impacted by the violence.

January 8, 2020

The Tea Grin, or Tea Gatherings, is a long-standing cultural tradition in West Africa where a group of young people meet in the evenings to drink tea and discuss various issues that they face in their daily lives. These forums are places where youth from different neighborhoods can gather to openly discuss stigmitization, exclusion, and xenophobia.

December 23, 2019

Nestled 22 miles outside the nearest larger town of Dori, Baani is home to seven different ethnic groups. Until the emergence of violent extremist groups, these ethnic groups cohabited  peacefully together. Violent extremists have targeted Fulani youth for recruitment and used historical grievances and ethnic marginalization of a minority as techniques to drive a social divide. As a result, newfound clashes between the Fulani and Djawobe communities have erupted, creating instability and fear. 

August 8, 2019

In Ouadalan Province in Burkina Faso, 169 schools, or 87 percent of all schools in that province, have closed due to threats from violent extremist organizations. This includes Déou and Gorom-Gorom, the two largest provincial communities. More than 2,000 students in Déou and approximately 6,000 students in Gorom-Gorom were impacted.  In response, USAID/OTI’s Burkina Faso Regional Program partnered with DENAANGU SUKA, a local group, to organize a month-long preparatory and remedial learning course to ensure these students did not fall behind in their studies.

August 8, 2019

Youth in the Sahel Region struggle with feelings of marginalization, stemming from limited opportunities, such as school closures, inadequate employment prospects, and poor intergenerational communication. All of these factors contribute to increased vulnerability to recruitment by violent extremist organizations (VEOs). USAID/OTI’s Burkina Faso Regional Program (BFRP) worked with SUUDU ANDAL, a local civil society organization, to organize a three-day workshop on persuasive communication using information technology and  social media.