Coming together? Social Network Analysis of humanitarian actors in Burkina Faso


  • Amado Balbone Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Yssouf Sieza Inclusive Governance for Resilience Project (USAID-IGR)
  • Nikiagni Naboho Save The Children International (SCI)



social network analysis, Burkina Faso, NGO


The deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso has meant that humanitarian assistance programs have now been operating in the country for several years. Over the course of the response, emergency education and child protection interventions seeking the wellbeing of children and their rights to quality education have been prioritised. To achieve the best possible results, the humanitarian community has put in place a coordination mechanism and a ‘big deal’ to ensure synergies and maximise impact. The objective of this study is to draw out the operational dynamics between the actors in the response and to reflect on the results. We have found that this push for coordination has had mixed results—only a few organisations in Burkina have extensive networks with significant centrality for state services. Our study indicates that humanitarian organisations in the fields of protection and education must establish more connections with each other, and especially with local organisations, in line with the Grand Bargain’s mission to strengthen and
optimise responses. 


Metrics Loading ...


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biographies

  • Amado Balbone, Norwegian Refugee Council

    Amado is an Emergency Management Specialist trained by the Francophone Humanitarian Operation Program (FHOP) and the IFRC-TISS’s Certificate of Disaster Management program. His experience includes positions at Humanity and Inclusion, Save the Children and Enfant du Monde. He is currently the Education Project Manager at the Norwegian Refugee Council. Graduated in cognitive psychology and project management, he considers complex crises and their management in order to aid rapid understanding of the phenomenon and provide better service to beneficiaries.

  • Yssouf Sieza, Inclusive Governance for Resilience Project (USAID-IGR)

    Yssouf is a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer for the Inclusive Governance for Resilience Project (USAID-IGR) in Burkina Faso. For the past three years, he has worked with Creative Associates International to implement a program to counter violent extremism in Burkina Faso. He has over 15 years of experience in rural development and is also a consultant and trainer in data analysis.

  • Nikiagni Naboho, Save The Children International (SCI)

    Nikiagni Naboho is a Field Coordinator of Humanitarian Projects at Save The Children International (SCI). With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, he is a social worker specialising in child protection and has made humanitarian work his mission since 2019. Currently, he is an active member of the Humanitarian Response Team at SCI-Burkina Faso.


Borgatti, S., Mehra, A., Brass, D. J. and Labianca, G. (2009). Network Analysis in the Social Sciences. Advance online publication.

Burt, R., Kilduff, M. and Tasselli, S. (2013). Social network analysis: foundations and frontiers on advantage. Annual Review of Psychology, 64, 527–547.

Conseil National de Secours d’Urgence et de Réhabilitation. (2021). Enregistrement des personnes deplacees internes du Burkina Faso.

Corbet, A. (2014). Quand l’humanitaire choisit ses victimes. Advance online publication.

Galloway, T., Bowra, A., Butsang, T. and Mashford-Pringle, A. (2020). Education in uncertainty: Academic life as Indigenous health scholars during COVID-19. International Review of Education. Internationale Zeitschrift Fur Erziehungswissenschaft. Revue Internationale De Pedagogie, 1–16.

Interagency Standing Committee. (2016). About the Grand Bargain.

Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies. (2009). L’éducation dans les situations d’urgence : inclure tout le monde. INEE.

Landa, N., Zhou, S. and Marongwe, N. (2021). Education in emergencies: Lessons from COVID-19 in South Africa. Advance online publication.

Manset, D., Hikkerova, L. and Sahut, J.-M. (2017). Repenser le modèle humanitaire : de l’efficience à la résilience. Advance online publication.

Martel, A. (2013). La coordination humanitaire en Haïti suite au séisme: le mécanisme des clusters, un enjeu de gouvernance.

Martel, A. (2014). Humanitarian Coordination in Haïti: The Role of Clusters in the Outsourcing of Aid.

ReliefWeb. (2021). Normes d’Éducation en Situations d’Urgence Guide du Cluster Education du Burkina Faso -Burkina Faso.

Walther, O. (2015). Social Network Analysis and Informal Trade. Department of Border Region Studies Working Paper01/2015.

Two women face a blackboard looking at a chalk diagram.







How to Cite

“Coming together? Social Network Analysis of humanitarian actors in Burkina Faso” (2022) The Humanitarian Leader, p. Working Paper 024, April 2022. doi:10.21153/thl2022art1574.