Integrating gender equality and social inclusion into climate adaptation

Promoting climate adaptation solutions and gender equality in Burkina Faso

Integrating gender equality and social inclusion into climate adaptation

Promoting climate adaptation solutions and gender equality in Burkina Faso

The context

Burkina Faso is a land-locked country in West Africa whose economy largely depends on agriculture. The country is partly located in the Sahel (a zone of transition between the Sahara Desert and the Sudanian savanna) and already experiences variation in temperature and rainfall, with three different climatic zones. Climate change is only increasing this unpredictability and the frequency of extreme weather events like droughts and floods.

Though climate change affects everyone, women often experience the greatest burden. They have fewer opportunities to access alternative forms of employment, so they depend on natural resource-based occupations like farming, which leaves them particularly vulnerable to changes in weather patterns. Women have less access to and control over land and financing to make decisions about adapting to climate change. They also experience an increased workload as they work harder to put food on the table and travel longer distances to gather water and firewood. Climate-related natural disasters, migration and instability can also expose women to dangers like gender-based violence.

Our approach

We are working with six radio stations in three regions of Burkina Faso (Boucle du Mouhoun, Hauts-Bassins and Sud-Ouest) to broadcast two series of radio programs about Ecosystem-based Adaptation to climate change and its relation to gender equality and social inclusion. The stations will broadcast three different kinds of radio programs — On Air Dialogues, radio documentaries and Participatory Radio Campaigns — to both learn about communities’ needs and knowledge related to Ecosystem-based Adaptation and share practical information for implementing climate adaptation solutions. We will then bring the perspectives and experiences of rural communities, particularly women and youth, to decision makers so they can take actions that are meaningful to these communities.

The project takes a gender-transformative approach to attack the root causes of gender inequality and ensure that women have equitable access to climate solutions. Overall, the project will contribute to improving quality of life and resilience to extreme climate events for the people most affected by climate change in the project implementation areas. The project complements our project about Nature-based Solutions to climate change, which is being implemented in six countries, including Burkina Faso.

Our goals

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This project is carried out thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and IDRC of Canada.

Location

Project snapshot

  • Duration: 42 months, 2023 to 2027
  • Budget: $680,427 CAD
  • Radio stations: 6
  • Languages: Dioula, Dagaare

Radio stations

  • Radio Evangile Développement (RED) de Houndé
  • Radio Voix des Balé de Boromo
  • Radio Argoutar de Dissin
  • Radio Salaki de Dédougou
  • Radio et Télévision du Burkina 2/Bobo (RTB2/Bobo)
  • Radio Manivelle de Dano
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“Climate change impacts both humanity and biodiversity. The best adaptation solutions must be gender-inclusive.”

Boureima Benjamin Nama,
Radio Craft officer, Burkina Faso

Gender equality

This project aims to be gender-transformative, which means that it attacks the underlying causes of gender equality and works to transform unequal power relations and the structures and norms that reinforce them. We will do formative research and a gender analysis to better understand the systems that perpetuate inequalities in these regions of Burkina Faso and influence residents’ capacity to respond to climate risks.

We will partner with local women’s organizations and gender experts to deepen our understanding and impact. We will also offer gender training to broadcasters and stakeholders. To increase women’s access to and participation in radio programs, we will host women-only Community Listening Groups and run a game to recognize women who participate in radio programs. We’ll hold a ceremony at the end to celebrate these “Uliza Ambassadors.”

The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands nor those of IDRC or its Board of Governors.