Project/Programme Name
Nom du projet/programme

Uniterra Burkina Faso

Lead Organization
Organisation principal

World University Service of Canada

Période de temps

2004 > 2014

Burkina Faso / Burkina

External Partners / Les partenaires extérieurs

Funding / Financement

themes / thèmes

Methodology / Méthodologie

The Uniterra Volunteer Cooperation Program contributes to development in 13 countries by building capacity of civil society organizations through volunteering, international partnership and networking.   It does this by strengthening local development actors’ capacities in specific sectors and by capitalizing on the solidarity and commitment of individuals to promote and support international development.  Uniterra’s recruitment and placement of highly skilled Canadian and southern volunteers supports partner institutions’ desire to improve their capacity to meet locally-defined development needs. Participation of women at all levels, as well as youth and minority groups, is a program priority.

Since its inception in 2004, Uniterra has drawn and built on collective expertise to ensure that the program’s capacity building processes, practices and tools remain relevant and connected, and continue to adapt to the ever-evolving context within which partner organizations and institutions operate.  To this end, Uniterra undertook an extensive process to systemize its capacity building practices in 2010,  Partners, volunteers and key staff reflected on lessons learned and identified what elements and factors contributed in the most significant way to strengthen partner organizations and sector capacity at program delivery and policy dialogue levels.  Uniterra’s continued work is grounded in results-based management and in continual adaptation to changing contexts and best practices.

Objectives / Objectifs

The objectives of Uniterra’s partners are to enhance the knowledge and skills of partners and their members to implement HIV and AIDS programs effectively and to make care more accessible for people living with HIV and AIDS, as well as to reduce the incidence of new HIV infections and to increase the equal participation and involvement of women and men in HIV and AIDS programs. In Burkina Faso, the Uniterra program also concentrates on poverty reduction by increasing and diversifying the income generated by local agricultural production, setting the objective of supporting sound development of local farming practices and ensuring their reach at local, regional, and international levels.

Outcomes / Résultats

Uniterra projects in Burkina Faso in 2010-2011 have resulted in new partnerships between local organizations and Canadian organization to promote African youth cooperatives which have started income generating activities. Local partner organization ADIPS improved the quality of the presentation of lab results and its informative presentations on nutrition, while HIV and IADS networks have improved the supply of managed care services and reduced the number of missed treatments for patients. One of these networks also has established a working theatre company. At present, 14,000 more people than in 2005 benefit from control services provided by these partners. In terms of economic development activities, there has been a growth in the sales volumes of various agricultural products, higher annual incomes for women farmers, and a notable improvement in the political dialogue concerning consumption and commercialization.

Annual Budget / Budget annuel

More than $500,000

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