International relations, Lyon - Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

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Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso

Partnership treated:
  • Cooperation for development,
  • Culture,
  • Economic development,
  • Governance,
  • Urban planning,
  • Waste collection and processing,
  • Water and sewerage,
  • Youth.
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The City of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Grand Lyon have entered into a long-term cooperation partnership. The objective? To reinforce the skills of the municipal departments of Ouagadougou in order to address the challenges of management and urban development.

The involvement of the partners, coupled with the pragmatism and effectiveness of the actions carried out, have led French and international lenders (French Agency of Development and the World Bank respectively) to acknowledge the major role of the cities in the cooperation and to support the two local authorities in the programmes now under way.

Lyon - Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) cooperation, key dates

Since 1993, Ouagadougou and Lyon have been cooperating in the area of municipal services and urban management: considerable challenges for the Burkina Faso city which is experiencing exponential urban growth!

From 1999 to 2002, this commitment has been structured around a programme intended for municipal personnel in 6 areas of intervention: urban cleanliness, highways, illuminated signage, IT, general organisation of technical services and management of municipal garages and workshops.

From 2003 to 2005, the partnership developed by a second three-year agreement oriented towards three further areas: municipal policing, public lighting and green spaces.

In 2006, the CIFAL (International Training Center of Urban Jobs) was created in Ouagadougou with the support of Grand Lyon. This is a place of training, of pooling of knowledge and of exchanges of good practices, intended for municipal officials in the towns and cities of West Africa.

In 2011, Lyon carried out its first economic mission to Ouagadougou in partnership with Lyon's CCI (Chamber of Commerce), the MEDEF (the French Companies Union) and the CGPME (General Employers Confederation of small and medium companies). Some fifteen businesses in Lyon, representatives of the conservatoire, the Bar of Lyon and the ENS (Ecole Nationale Supérieure) were involved in the trip to forge new partnerships and develop business relations between the two territories.


Philippe Di Loreto

Métropole de Lyon - Economic development, employment and knowledge delegation

responsable coopération décentralisée