Burkina Faso

Why work in Burkina Faso?

Burkina Faso is home to a young population – 65% of Burkinabes are under 24. The majority of these youth live in rural areas. Overall, 70% of Burkina Faso’s population is rural. Rural youth in Burkina Faso and around the world have aspirations and dreams of who they want to be in the future and within their communities. Out-of-school rural youth in Burkina Faso have strong potential and many seek to work in the agricultural sector. However, coupled with limited socio-economic opportunities, they also lack access to opportunities to build the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes as well as access to financial services that could support them to realize their dreams and to be agents of change.


  •  46% of youth had acquired self-employment skills after YiA compared to 18% before YiA
  •  While 87% of youth worked after YiA compared to 32% before YiA
  •  71% of youth saved their money after YiA compared to 50% before YiA
  •  75% of youth owned a business after YiA compared to 26% before YiA


In Burkina Faso, YiA reached 4567 young people (45% female), age 15 to 18, living in the rural communities in the Boucle de Mouhoun, Cascades, and Hauts Basins regions in western Burkina Faso.

Resources and Stories

Youth in Action Burkina Faso Fact Sheet Download the fact sheet for details on YiA in Burkina Faso. Read More…

Youth in Action Burkina Faso Fact Sheet in French Download the French fact sheet. Read More…

Enhanced Opportunities Help Youth Achieve Their Dreams Sylvie is an example of how girls in rural areas are able to achieve success. Read More…