Launch of the new project "RéCouVrer" against the COVID-19 crisis

The consortium project "RéCouVrer - Strengthening the resilience of vulnerable people in West Africa after the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic” was launched on 1st November 2020 by the lead organization Caritas Austria and is generously funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). HOPE'87 functions in this context together with other Austrian aid organizations such as Horizont3000, ICEP, Jugend eine Welt, Light for the World and the Austrian Red Cross for a successful consortium partnership.

The project runs over a period of three years in the project countries Senegal and Burkina Faso and aims at strengthening the resilience of disadvantaged groups, especially women and people with disabilities, to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. COVID-19 and, above all, the curfews and school closures have hit both countries - Senegal and Burkina Faso - hard.

The project uses the nexus approach between humanitarian aid and development cooperation by integrating short-term interventions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, disaster preparedness and longer-term interventions in the sectors of vocational training, income generation and agricultural improvement and diversification.

The target groups of the programme are the rural population affected by the COVID-19 crisis in regions of Burkina Faso (programme regions: Centre, Centre-Ouest, Centre-Nord, Hauts-Bassins, Sahel) and Senegal (programme regions: Tambacounda, Kaffrine, Kolda), as well as young people in training and patients of 16 health centres in Burkina Faso. Special focus is placed on the advancement of women and the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Which is why the project not only contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 (no poverty), 2 (no hunger), 3 (health and well-being), 4 (equitable and quality education), 5 (gender equality), 6 (clean water and sanitation), 8 (good work and economic growth), 10 (no inequality) and 17 (partnership), but it contributes simultaneously to the EU Gender Action Plan (GAP) II.

The expected results of the project are, on the one hand, that the target groups will be equipped with sufficient resources and knowledge to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. On the other hand, job prospects are being improved and the target groups are being supported in earning an income through business and marketing activities. Thirdly, the project aims to increase the food security of the rural population through diversification and improvement of agriculture and measures to prevent and treat malnutrition among affected children and their mothers.