NETHERLANDS: Koendeers Visiting Burkina Faso
In Mr Koenders’ view, the joint journey emphasises how modern development assistance involves effective cooperation between government, business, civil society, and individuals.
The Netherlands is working on several fronts to combat malaria, which claims almost one million lives every year. Every 30 seconden, malaria kills someone, usually someone younger than five years old.
Burkina Faso, the sixth poorest country in the world, has made progress in recent years. It is one of the most stable countries in West Africa, but the progress is being undermined by high population growth.
Burkina Faso has also been hit hard by the impact of high food and energy prices, the financial crisis, and climate change, which causes both flooding and drought.
The Netherlands gives Burkina Faso some 48 million euros a year to help it achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. The money is targeted for specific purposes: education, health care, good governance, the position of girls and women, and a study of the effectiveness of development cooperation.
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