In Burkina Faso, GIZ mainly operates on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), although it also works for the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and other international clients. GIZ has maintained an office in the capital Ouagadougou since 1987. At present, GIZ has 20 seconded staff, 11 development workers and 242 national experts working in this country.
GIZ’s activities concentrate on the south-west and east of the country and the capital Ouagadougou. German development cooperation with Burkina Faso on behalf of BMZ currently focuses on sustainable agriculture, decentralisation and water. The Ministry of Economy and Finance is receiving advice on introducing systemic budget reform, the aim being to align budget management more closely to international standards of efficiency, transparency and accountability.