Water is a simple but absolute necessity of life. Yet much of the world’s population lacks adequate clean water, either because of physical scarcity or because they are denied equitable access to water resources. Such conditions inevitably breed conflict. Water-related violence is common in many parts of the world. 

HOPE FOR BURKINA FUTURES focuses on the increasing dynamic of water stressed and water-scarce countries and the pressure this puts on governments and communities.


  • Multi-level approach: Conflict is as much a challenge at the local level as it is at the national and cross boundary level. Communities frequently battle over water rights issues and access across rural and more remote populations. In urban areas, the problems are usually exacerbated by limited or no access to water in the poorest slums and shantytowns, leading to forced illegal access. In many countries, HOPE FOR BURKINA FUTURES is engaged in clarifying the roles of government, civil society and the private sector in the ownership, management and administration of water resources and services. 
  • Role as peacebuilder: HOPE FOR BURKINA FUTURES works with the community to understand problems of scarcity and equity.  Based on that, we provide practical guidance and tools for action and peacebuilding.  We organize dialogues between stakeholders, coordinate activities, help to resolve conflicts, analyze stakeholders’ water rights, assess the water quality standards and practices in place, and address bureaucratic obstacles and corruption.
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