In 2020, our four year partnership with the Association Burkinabè d’Action Communautaire (ABAC) came to a close. ABAC works primarily in rural areas in Burkina Faso to improve the livelihoods of farmers, pastoralists and small-scale producers, as well as to contribute to social cohesion within these communities.
Our support focused on organisational development and included elaborating two strategic plans (2018-2020/2021-2025), strengthening external communications and developing ABAC’s approach to mediation and dialogue.
In 2020, ABAC updated and revised its first strategic plan to account for the changed social, economic and environmental context of rural Burkina Faso and reposition themselves as an expert organisation for social cohesion. It further revised its approach to supporting mediation and dialogue by focusing more on training and supporting key stakeholders from rural communities to resolve their conflicts peacefully and avoid taking legal action. Throughout the partnership, ABAC has strengthened its external communication strategy, increased its visibility and consolidated its position in Burkina Faso’s civil society, which has resulted in new partnerships. ABAC is a trusted partner for a broad local constituency working to improve food security, environmental protection, and peacebuilding, and its current strategy seeks to consolidate this position by 2025.