Burkina Faso's Family Planning Budget Commitments
To support the achievement of its FP2020 commitments, the government of Burkina Faso pledged to maintain the $1 million (approx. 580 million West African CFA francs (FCFA) in 2017) allocation to the budget line for the purchase of contraceptive products, which was created in 2008.
According to the budget tracking data collected by PAI’s partners in Burkina Faso — SOS Jeunesse et Défis (SOS/JD) and Centre pour la Gouvernance Démocratique (CGD) — the government allocated FCFA 500 million for contraceptive purchase in fiscal year (FY) 2017, FCFA 1.3 billion in FY 2018, FCFA 700 million in FY 2019 and FCFA 1.3 billion in FY 2020. The government exceeded its goal in the last three fiscal years tracked, although the allocation dropped by nearly half between FY 2018 and FY 2019 and then returned to the FY 2018 level in FY 2020.
Given the impact of COVID-19 on donor resources for family planning (FP) and the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office aid cuts, domestic resource mobilization for FP has become more important than ever. In 2021 Burkina Faso published its new costed implementation plan, the National Family Planning Plan 2021–2025, and its FP2030 commitments, including a new financial commitment: Based on the FY 2021 budget of FCFA 900 million, increase the government budget line for the purchase of contraceptive products by at least 10% each year between FY 2022 and FY 2025. Both documents detail the government’s plans for increasing and spending domestic resources for FP supplies and services.
Burkina Faso’s Performance on the FY 2020 FP Budget Scorecard
Developed by SOS/JD and CGD, in collaboration with PAI, this scorecard is an advocacy tool highlighting the findings of the organizations’ FP budget tracking using the Common Framework, a set of indicators used for monitoring government spending on FP. In addition to data on indicators, the scorecard evaluates the transparency of family planning budget data. The scorecard is a product of PAI’s Government Accountability for Family Planning Budgets initiative.
The government of Burkina Faso is commended for allocating 37% (FCFA 1.3 million) and spending 25% (FCFA 900 million) of the funds needed for the purchase of contraceptives in FY 2020. It is also commended for making the national budget (Loi de finances) publicly available online.
Recommendations to strengthen government ownership of Burkina Faso’s FP and to improve the transparency of FP budget data include:
- Fulfill the commitment to increase the contraceptives budget allocation by at least 10% each year.
- Ensure that all financial resources for FP are managed by the Family Health Department for better traceability of allocations and expenditures.
- Provide stakeholders from all sectors with documentation and information related to FP allocations, expenditures, inputs and FP programs in general on an annual basis.
- Create a specific budget line called “FP programs expenditure” so that the budget allocation is publicly available and accessible.
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