Climate Variability and Access to and Utilization of Water Resources in the Informal Settlements in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

There is still a paucity of information on the effects of climate variability on water resources in unplanned or informal settlements. The number of people living in slums in Ouagadougou is estimated at more than 300 000 according to the 2006 census, that is about 25% of the total population of the city (Institut national de la statistique et de la démographie, 2009). This project will study the effect of climate change, on water resources and the way in which this evolution is affecting the urban population, notably, the most vulnerable such as women.

The team will collect climate and hydrological data, and conduct household surveys in three informal neighborhoods (Nonghin, Polesgo, Nioko II) in Ougadougou, covering approximately 35 000 people. The methods used to analyze and interpret the quantitative data gathered on the availability and quality of water will be essentially statistical. The cartography of the way the settlements are structured will reveal local determinants that aggravate the effects of climate variability on water availability. The team will also rely on participatory geographic information systems (GIS-P) to locate and analyze data on people's attitudes and their effects on water availability. The results are expected to contribute to better water management under conditions of climate variability.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Friday, July 1, 2011

End Date

Thursday, January 1, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

Redwood, Mark

Total funding

CA$ 469,100


Burkina Faso, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Climate Change

Project Leader

Francois de Charles Ouedraogo


Université de Ouagadougou

Institution Country

Burkina Faso