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Last updated: February 22, 2022

January 19, 2022

Since its launch in July 2018, USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) Burkina Faso Regional Program (BFRP) has implemented 220 activities to support locally-led solutions to addressing the most pressing causes of instability in the program’s target communities (the Sahel, Nord, Est, and Centre-Est regions of Burkina Faso). Throughout over three years of implementation, OTI/BFRP awarded grants to 144 grantees—including local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community groups, and host-country government offices—and reached an estimated 1.5 million beneficiaries in 28 target communities across the country.

January 4, 2022

Since July 2018, USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) Burkina Faso Regional Program (BFRP) has implemented more than 220 activities in the Sahel, Nord, and Est regions to help mitigate the destabilizing effects of violence and insecurity, and promote stability. Working primarily through local grantees, the program has provided, among other initiatives, institutional capacity-building, training in combating violent extremism, and equipment for income-generation to local authorities, leaders, civil society organizations, and community members adversely affected by the security crisis

November 23, 2021

Most provinces in Burkina Faso’s Est region are under the influence of violent extremist organizations (VEOs), spurring a massive displacement of residents into the city of Fada, the regional capital, from throughout the surrounding areas in the region. According to the most recent UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ data from August 31, 2021, the population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Fada numbers an estimated 66,430, which is 58 percent greater than it was just six months ago.

October 21, 2021

Situated on Burkina Faso’s eastern border with Niger, the commune of Kantchari is confronted with both ongoing internal conflicts and cross-border insecurity from western Niger. Multiple violent extremist organizations (VEOs) are active in the surrounding area, making the commune an ongoing target of VEO attacks and severely restricting citizens’ mobility. VEOs exploit social tensions, community frustrations, and lack of economic opportunity to recruit local youth—who comprise a significant proportion of the population. A local kidnapping in April 2020 further exacerbated the situation,  increasing tensions between local Fulani and Gourmantché communities in Kantchari. The incident intensified the existing stigmatization of young people from the Fulani community and deepened the sense of mistrust and frustration amongst youth in Kantchari.

October 7, 2021

Iraq’s al-Islah al-Zirai neighborhood in the city of Mosul has long suffered from government neglect and marginalization. Located on the city’s western edge, the area was among the first to fall to ISIS and its stability remains critical to Mosul’s security. However, despite the city’s liberation four years ago, al-Isla al-Zirai continues to face a chronic lack of basic services due to underfunded government departments and the inability to rehabilitate or maintain basic infrastructure. Until recently, one of the most visible signs of government neglect was a damaged street with overflowing sewage pipes, piles of garbage, and dangerous rubble. Waste, stagnant water, and raw sewage hindered children’s access to school, and blocked vehicle traffic. Residents, mukhtars, and community leaders repeatedly asked local authorities to address the issue, without success.

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