Departments of Burkina Faso

The provinces of Burkina Faso are divided into 351 departments (as of 2014 and since local elections of 2012), whose urbanized areas (cities, towns and villages) are grouped into the same commune (municipality) with the same name as the department (the department also covers rural areas, including national natural parks, that are not ruled locally at municipal level, but by the state at departmental level). The 351 communes created in those departments have three kinds of status :

  • 49 urban communes (including 2 urban communes with special status, the Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso departments that are further subdivided into "arrondissements"), are grouping their main city/town (subdivided into urban sectors) and all other administrative villages in their department ; in these 49 urban communes, the main city or town is subdivided into urban sectors (within the two communes with special status, each urban sector of the capital city belong to only one arrondissement, which may also include other surrounding villages outside the capital city) — these 49 urban communes include the capital town (or city) of each one of the 45 provinces, and the commune of 4 additional departments, whose capitals are now large towns covering their respective urban areas (subdivided into urban sectors rather than former separate villages) : Bittou, Garango, Niangoloko and Pouytenga.
  • 302 rural communes are grouping all administrative villages in their department.[1][2]
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Departments (or communes) generally have the same name as their capital city or town, with a few exceptions (for historical reasons). For the local elections in 2012, communes were created in each department that still did not have one (village councils were kept but operate at advisory level under the supervision of their commune: each administrative village or urban sector elects at least 2 seats in the municipal council of their commune; for other elections at regional or national level, the smallest electoral circonscription is the whole department). The departments (or communes) are listed below, by province:

List of departments by region and by province

Boucle du Mouhoun Region

Balé

Banwa

Kossi

Mouhoun

Nayala

Sourou

Cascades Region

Comoé

Léraba

Centre Region

Kadiogo

Centre-Est Region

Boulgou

Kouritenga

Centre-Nord Region

Bam

Namentenga

Sanmatenga

Centre-Ouest Region

Boulkiemdé

Sanguié

Sissili

Ziro

Centre-Sud Region

Bazèga

Nahouri

Zoundwéogo

Est Region

Gnagna

Gourma

Komondjari

Kompienga

Tapoa

Hauts-Bassins Region

Houet

Kénédougou

Tuy

Nord Region

Loroum

Passoré

Yatenga

Zondoma

Plateau-Central Region

Ganzourgou

Kourwéogo

Oubritenga

Sahel Region

Oudalan

Séno

Soum

Yagha

Sud-Ouest Region

Bougouriba

Ioba

Noumbiel

Poni

References

  1. (in French) Résultats préliminaires du RGPH 2006 Archived 2015-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, INSD.BF (non-consolidated figures of legal population by village or urban sector)
  2. (in French) Mémorandum sur la détermination du nombre de sièges des conseillers municipaux par village et par secteur dans le cadre des élections locales du 2 décembre 2012, CENI.BF (consolidated figures of legal population by village or urban sector, based on RGPH 2006, modified in 2012 including for newly created administrative villages).

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