Strengthening Social Protection in the Informal Sector through CBMS: Case of the Communes of Diébougou (Province of Bougouriba), Koper (Province of Ioba) and To (Province of Sissili)

Burkina Faso has experienced the implementation of several social safety net programs to promote access to basic social services and employment of disadvantaged social strata, and to reduce the effects of exogenous shocks. These programs are based mainly on cash transfers, in-kind transfers, subsidies and exemptions, and labor intensive jobs. The review of social safety net programs carried out in Burkina Faso shows that many actions are being implemented for the most vulnerable and the poor. However, most of these actions are not recorded over time due to lack of funding. In addition, these programs do not have specific mechanisms for targeting beneficiaries of safety nets. In particular, the CBMS research study on social protection for the informal sector aims to examine the extent of access among workers in the informal sector, including women and children, to social protection in the communes. It also aims to analyze the effectiveness of the targeting mechanisms of the social protection program for the poor and vulnerable as well as examine the safety nets or social protection availed of by members of the informal sector to face shocks or to adjust to vulnerabilities. Finally, it also aims to look into the willingness of the informal sector to contribute financially to the use of welfare facilities in the communes of Diébougou, Koper and To.