Justice Needs in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is undergoing a nation-wide reassessment of the population’s justice needs as transition authorities initiate a 36-month pathway to democratic elections. Survey data shows an urgent demand for justice systems to be more responsive and more effective to the needs of people and businesses. HiiL’s latest Justice Needs & Satisfaction (JNS) study details the challenges and opportunities for realising increased access to justice in Burkina Faso.


Burkina Faso Ministry of Justice
The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Embassy of the Netherlands
Centre for the Democratic Governance of Burkina Faso




Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso experienced a coup d’etat on January 23, 2022. Since then, the Transition Authorities have appointed new leadership and outlined a 36-month pathway to democratic elections and initiated a Reconciliation Strategy. This will focus deliberately on improving security and alleviating the country’s increasing humanitarian needs. Burkina Faso suffers from several humanitarian crises spurred by violence, displacement and an increasingly dire refugee situation. 

Under this backdrop and with support from both the Minister of Justice and UNHCR, HiiL launched a pair of Justice Needs & Satisfaction studies to map the justice journeys and concerns facing everyday Burkinabe. Providing basic access to justice services is recognized by the Minister as an integral part of the policy to improve security. 

“There is a large demand for justice overall, and access to basic services specifically by the population and vocal CSOs.”

Gathering data and articulating what those findings show has been an integral part of our work so far in Burkina Faso. Looking ahead, HiiL will examine opportunities to lay the foundation for a people-centred justice programme in years to come. 


What is people-centred justice?

People-centred justice (PCJ) is emerging as a concrete and systemic approach to (national) justice programming. Justice practitioners and sector innovators alike have identified the ‘enablers and impediments’ that support the successful implementation of PCJ which consists of five pillars: Gathering Data; Applying Best Practices; Scaling Game-changing service delivery models; Creating an Enabling Environment to sustain results; and Strengthening the Movement to solidify change. Taken together, the ambition is to ensure that justice sector professionals spend time and resources in ways that people expect and desire to ensure their justice needs are met.