Foundations for Africa – Burkina Faso

Foundations for Africa Burkina Faso, supported by 28 Italian bank foundations and in cooperation with 7 NGOs, was launched in 2014 to improve the living conditions of the rural population, focusing in particular on food security and economic development and on the involvement of the Burkinabé diaspora in Italy in territorial cooperation activities with their country of origin.

Foundations for Africa Burkina Faso is an initiative supported by 28 Italian banking foundations, coordinated by ACRI, and launched in 2014 with initiatives both in Italy and in Burkina Faso. Thanks to the involvement of 7 Italian NGOs, the initiative focused on 7 regions of the country with the overall objective of contributing to the full achievement of the right to adequate food, improving the living conditions of the rural Burkinabé population and supporting the country’s poverty strategy paper.

In particular, the initiative aimed to promote:

  • The socio-economic sustainability of 5 agricultural and 2 forestry sectors and the capacity building of family farmers and their associations;
  • The role that the Burkinabé diaspora can play in Italy in transnational development initiatives between Italy and Burkina Faso;
  • The action of networks that are active and include decentralised cooperation initiatives in Italy and Burkina Faso through exchange, the dissemination of innovative methodologies and the joint allocation of resources to finance actions related to the initiative.

Despite the political challenges, the programme has adapted over its three years to maximise its impact and learn from the outcomes for future projects. The partnership between Italian banking foundations and local NGOs reflects a collaborative and multi-sectoral approach to addressing development challenges in Burkina Faso, aiming for a lasting and inclusive impact on the communities involved.

Our activities:

Monitoring and final programme evaluation were contracted to PuntoSud to provide critical support and improve project management. These services included the development and updating of theories of change, field missions and the drafting of mid-term and final evaluations.

Burkina Faso, Italy



  • Fondazione Cariplo
  • Associazione di Fondazioni e di Casse di Risparmio (ACRI)
  • 28 fondazioni (Fondazione Cariplo, Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Fondazione Banco di Sardegna, Fondazione Cariparma, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Bolzano, Bra, Calabria e Lucania, Carrara, Civitavecchia, Cuneo, Fossano, Lucca, Modena, Orvieto, Perugia, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio Salernitana, Savigliano, Spezia, Padova e Rovigo, Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna, Monte Parma, Fondazione Varrone, Istituto Banco di Napoli – Fondazione)


  • 2021 – 2022

EUR 127.607

2014 – 2017


Community and rural development, Food security/Agriculture, Migrations and diaspora, Support for entrepreneurship/Microcredit/Microfinance, Sustainable development

SDGs Reduced Inequalities


15 consorzi finanziati

5555 EURO

15 consorzi finanziati

5555 EURO

15 consorzi finanziati

5555 EURO

  • €100.000

    valore progetto

  • 125

    alunni della scuola primaria

  • 250


  • 20



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