Building Capacity in Health Systems and Policy Analysis in sub-Saharan Africa

Since 2005, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been financing the master's program in health and population at the Institut supérieure des sciences de la population (ISSP), Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. However, after completion of the program by five cohorts it has become apparent that certain areas of concentration need to be reinforced, mainly, health systems and policy analysis.

This grant will support the design of a module worth six credits (120 hours) within the master's program in health and population, and a scholarship program for some 40 students to specialize in health systems and policy analysis. This will prepare them to undertake critical and comparative analysis of health systems in sub-Saharan Africa and to identify appropriate solutions.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Thursday, April 1, 2010

End Date

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


60 months

IDRC Officer

Bowry, Rita

Total funding

CA$ 689,900


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Burkina Faso


Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Lancina Traoré

Project Leader

Jean-François KOBIANE


Université de Ouagadougou

Institution Country

Burkina Faso