Burkina Faso: Integrating conflict and disaster risk reduction into an education sector plan

Educational planning which takes conflict and disaster risks into account can significantly reduce the impact of conflict and natural hazards on an education system. In 2011–2012, Burkina Faso joined an increasing number of countries addressing such risks in and through education. This case study documents the country’s experience integrating conflict and disaster risk reduction (C/DRR) into its 10-year Programme for the Strategic Development of Basic Education. It describes the individual, organizational, and institutional capacities that were necessary in order to ensure that C/DRR was appropriately integrated into every step of the planning process. Offering a critical view of the obstacles encountered, this publication summarizes the preconditions for successful inclusion of C/DRR in a country’s sector plan in an effort to guide future work in this area.