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

Authors

  • Amado Balbone
  • Yssouf Sieza
  • Nikiagni Naboho

Keywords:

Social Network Analysis, Burkina Faso, NGO

Abstract

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. 

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Author Biographies

Amado Balbone

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

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

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.

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2022-04-26

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Balbone, A., Sieza , Y. and Naboho, N. (2022) “Coming together? Social Network Analysis of humanitarian actors in Burkina Faso”, The Humanitarian Leader. Available at: https://ojs.deakin.edu.au/index.php/thl/article/view/1574 (Accessed: 17 May 2022).

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