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Burkina Faso
Organisation Catholique pour le Développement et la Solidarité

Caritas Burkina Faso is also known as the Organisation Catholique pour le Développement et la Solidarité (OCADES). It was founded in 1956 with the establishment of the Upper Volta delegation of Secours Catholique, which became Caritas Upper Volta in 1961. 1973 saw the establishment of the Research and Liaison Office. The Organisation Catholique pour le Développement et la Solidarité (OCADES) – Caritas Burkina Faso was established on 5 February 1998 by merging the Research and Liaison Office and Caritas. It covers the entire country via 15 diocesan offices and over 150 parish branches. The organisation aims to promote individual and community development, social justice, peace and human rights.

Caritas Burkina Faso operates in the areas of human development, solidarity and sharing, and operational capacity building. Its programmes cover various sectors, including agriculture, emergency aid, access to basic social services, microfinance, humanitarian aid, reintegration and rehabilitation of vulnerable people, food security, and the promotion of women.

In order to achieve its objectives, Caritas Burkina Faso works in partnership with various humanitarian and development organisations at national and international level, including the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFBG), Development and Peace Canada, Chrétiens pour le Sahel, UNICEF and Light For the World.

It strives to reduce poverty and vulnerability, by encouraging people to participate in their own development and by promoting good governance as well as national and international action aimed at fostering economic and social development.

Caritas Burkina Faso particularly aims to create a fair society, in which everyone has access to social services, potable water, education and the means of production, especially women.

Other Caritas confederation partners are: Caritas Internationalis, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Caritas Italy, Caritas Austria, Caritas Japan, Caritas Korea, Caritas Australia, Caritas Spain, Secours Catholique (Caritas France), and Caritas Belgium.

Caritas Updates from Burkina Faso

  • Malian refugees find peace in Burkina Faso

Malian refugees find peace in Burkina Faso

  • 26 March 2013
Since February last year, thousands of Tuaregs have crossed the border from Mali to Burkina Faso to settle in makeshift camps, such as Mentao, 300 km north of the capital, Ouagadougou.
  • Refugees in Burkina help save ecology

Refugees in Burkina help save ecology

  • 31 January 2013
The refugees are arriving in semi-desert areas of neighbouring countries, where populations already struggle to cope with lack of food and resources. This wave of people puts huge pressure on the local environment driven by the increased demand for firewood and pasture for livestock.