Helping mining communities impacted by covid-19 in Burkina Faso

Period:  November 2020 – February 2021 (4 months)

Country:  Burkina Faso (Center North, Center West, South West )

Donor: EGPS, World Bank


Overall objective

Preserve the health of artisanal miners, reduce the risks of the spread of Covid-19 within artisanal mining communities and strengthen ARM’s gender approach in Burkina Faso.

Specific objectives

  • Prevent and mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 on the health of artisanal miners and their families.
  • Improve the resilience and working conditions of mining communities, and in particular of women.



Component 1 #: Health 1- Prevention of Covid-19

  • Awareness-raising campaign for the adoption of barrier gestures and preventive measures.
  • Installation of prevention committees against Covid-19 on mining sites, including among women associations.

Expected results:

  • Awareness was raised in the mining communities of 10 mining sites spread over 3 regions (South West, Center North, Center West) are sensitized.
  • 10 Covid-19 community committees have been set up and are monitoring compliance with preventive measures on the mining sites.
  • 10 Covid-19 committees led by associations of women artisanal miners have been set up and are monitoring compliance with preventive measures on mining sites.

Component 2 #: Health and Social – Resilience and Improvement of the working conditions of artisanal miners.

  • Training for the adoption of best practices in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).
  • Awareness-raising on women’s rights for the prevention of discrimination and gender-based violence (SGBV), as well as on the legislation in force in the ASM sector.
  • Gender analysis of the ASM sector in Burkina Faso

Expected results :

  • All in all, more than 600 women were trained at the 10 mining sites (target: 500 women minimum).
  • More than 600 women were trained and their awareness raised on their rights (target: 500 women minimum).
  • A report with a gender analysis and recommendations for the implementation of a strategy to improve gender equality in the ASM sector in Burkina Faso has been produced.


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