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Burkina Faso

ESEPV Project

The ESEPV project aims to improve the socio-economic well-being of men and particularly women and girls in the Sahel region.
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Targeted population
5 years
2023 to 2028
Dori, Falagountou and Gorom-Gorom
Burkina Faso
30.6 M$ US
Building on the successes and lessons learned of ECED-Sahel, the One Drop Foundation and its partners will continue to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) conditions for the local population—primarily women and girls—in Dori, Falagountou, and Gorom-Gorom, in Burkina Faso’s Sahel Region.

Partners involved

The One Drop Foundation thanks our funding partners for the ESEPV project, Global Affairs Canada, and IAMGOLD.

We also thank our governmental and local partners, as well as Cowater, the project’s executing partner, for making this life-changing project possible.

Our Key Strategies

ESEPV aims to improve the socio-economic well-being of people in the Sahel region—particularly women and girls—through three axes:

  • Axis 1: Local governance and inclusive as well as participatory land management in the communes of Dori, Falagountou, and Gorom-Gorom.
  • Axis 2: Sustainable and equitable access to basic social services and productive activities for the populations of the communes of Dori, Falagountou, and Gorom-Gorom.
  • Axis 3: Leadership and economic development of women and girls in the communes of Dori, Falangountou, and Gorom-Gorom.
A·B·C for Sustainability


  • Building on the successes of ECED-Sahel, an additional 47,000 people will receive equitable access to improved WASH services and other basic social services.
  • The project will facilitate the construction of institutional and public toilet-sanitation blocks, working towards full sanitation coverage in the region, in addition to focusing on improving local governance of WASH services.

Behaviour Change

  • The project will deploy One Drop Foundation’s SABC approach to identify, drive, and maintain behavioural changes related to water, sanitation, and hygiene within priority groups (local populations, teachers, pupils, health workers, etc.)
  • Through the SABC approach, the project will also hold participatory and inclusive interventions with women, girls, men, and community leaders to counter gender-based barriers to the socio-economic participation of women and girls. Furthermore, this approach will contribute to strengthened dialogue between communities, help mitigate and resolve conflict, as well as facilitate the integration of migrants within project activities.


  • ESEPV aims to increase leadership, financial literacy, and skills to foster economic development for some 139,000 women and girls in the communes of Dori, Falagountou, and Gorom-Gorom.

  • By facilitating access to microcredit, the project will support the establishment of small and medium-sized enterprises that provide WASH products and services.

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