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University of Oregon

Publication Date

Summer 2012

Program Name

Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy


Burkina Faso is currently ranked as the 175th poorest country out of 177. In addition to over 50% of the population living in poverty, Burkina Faso is challenged with droughts and lack of adequate water system infrastructure. The agricultural nation is dependent on water to grow and harvest crops, as almost 80% of the farming done in the nation is for sustenance. This paper will address the role culture plays in water systems; how gender relations, and cultural practices influence water management and sanitation systems. In addition, this paper will examine how current systems in place are changing and influencing the way Burkinabé interact with each other and various ethnic groups, and how educational programs on sanitation and water are changing old cultural practices and improving overall health.


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Inequality and Stratification | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Water Resource Management


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