HOPE’87 further combats negative socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

HOPE'87 together with Horizont3000, ICEP, Jugend eine Welt, Light for the World and the Austrian Red Cross has officially started to work on the project "RéCouVrer” – a project generously funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). Caritas Austria functions as the lead organization of this project.

The aim of the project is to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable people in rural communities of West Africa after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. More precisely, the project strengthens the resilience of disadvantaged groups, especially women and people with disabilities in the project regions Centre, Centre-Ouest, Centre-Nord, Hauts-Bassins and Sahel of Burkina Faso and Tambacounda, Kaffrine and Kolda of Senegal.

Since March 2020, the world has been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 – a virus that has disrupted the way people live and work tremendously. Senegal and Burkina Faso are among the African countries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: According to the WHO Health Emergency Dashboard there were more than 1.300 cases in August 2020 in Burkina Faso and more than 13.000 cases in Senegal. 

In response to this pandemic, the governments of both countries took measures to limit the spread of the disease. These measures mainly concerned quarantine of affected cities, closure of borders, markets, schools and training centres as well as banning of gatherings.

As a response to the devastating socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project uses a nexus approach by integrating short-term measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 as well as measures for disaster preparedness in combination with longer-term measures in the sectors of vocational training, income generation and diversification of agriculture.

The combination of humanitarian interventions, vocational training and income-generating activities will benefit 71.110 people directly in the two project countries, including 41.200 female beneficiaries (58%) and 29.910 male beneficiaries (42%). The indirect beneficiaries amount to an estimated 1.000.000 people.