Lessines and Bobo-Dioulasso celebrate fifteen years of partnership
Since 2002, the municipality of Lessines has been following the dynamic of the Municipal International Cooperation Programme (MIC), initiated and supported by the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD), and supervised by the Union of Cities and Municipalities of Wallonia (UVCW). Lessines thus celebrates a 15-year partnership with the District N° 2 of the municipality of Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso.
The two partners begun their collaboration to develop several annual micro-projects for the collection and recovery of household waste by composting.
The development of a group dynamic occurred during the 2008-2012 multiannual programme. At that time, the Belgian-Burkinabe partnerships focused on two aspects. On the one hand, to improve the improvement of financial resources mobilization to enable Southern partners to finance basic services for their populations and, on the other hand, the communication and planning for sanitation.
During the 2014-2016 programme, the municipalities worked on the development and improvement of civil status, ensuring to stay in the framework of the national programme for the development of civil status (Programme national de développement de l'état civil – PNDEC).
Despite the delay in launching activities due to the political events of October 2014 in Burkina Faso, our partnership has notably been able:
- to build an extension of the town hall to host the civil status office and its equipment;
- to purchase a power generator, computer and sound equipment and archival material;
- to provide training for the civil status office staff and the municipal councilors.
The magnificent functional building of the civil status office, was inaugurated by Mr. Lieven De la Marche, Ambassador of Belgium to Burkina Faso, in November 2016.
At the end of this ceremony, a new cooperation agreement was signed for the 2017-2021 multiannual programme, which will remain focused on civil status.
Although various political events and some difficulties have been encountered during these 15 years of partnership, they allowed to further strengthen it, on the basis of trust and respect for both partners.