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 governed locally by the elected municipal council of the commune (presided by its mayor, with representants elected for each village or urban sector), but by the state represented at departmental level by a prefect (supervized by the haut-commissaire of its province, themself assisted by a general secretary and acting under the hierarchic authority the governor of its region, all of them being nominated by the national government).

The 351 departments (or communes) of Burkina Faso.
The 351 departments (or communes) of Burkina Faso.

Status of communes

The 351 communes (municipalities) created for each one of these departments have three kinds of status :

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).

List of departments or communes by region and by province

Type of departments : (rur.) rural commune ; (urb.) urban commune ; (urb.p.s.) urban commune with particular status (subdivided in arrondissements).

Centre Region[edit]

Kadiogo Province
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Kadiogo Province.
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Kadiogo Province.

Plateau-Central Region[edit]

Ganzourgou Province
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Ganzourgou Province.
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Ganzourgou Province.
Kourwéogo Province
Location of the 5 departments (or communes) in Kourwéogo Province.
Location of the 5 departments (or communes) in Kourwéogo Province.
Oubritenga Province
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Oubritenga Province.
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Oubritenga Province.

Centre-Nord Region[edit]

Bam Province
Location of the 9 departments (or communes) in Bam Province.
Location of the 9 departments (or communes) in Bam Province.
Namentenga Province
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Namentenga Province.
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Namentenga Province.
Sanmatenga Province
Location of the 11 departments (or communes) in Sanmatenga Province.
Location of the 11 departments (or communes) in Sanmatenga Province.

Nord Region[edit]

Loroum Province
Location of the 4 departments (or communes) in Loroum Province.
Location of the 4 departments (or communes) in Loroum Province.
Passoré Province
Location of the 9 departments (or communes) in Passoré Province.
Location of the 9 departments (or communes) in Passoré Province.
Yatenga Province
Location of the 13 departments (or communes) in Yatenga Province.
Location of the 13 departments (or communes) in Yatenga Province.
Zondoma Province
Location of the 5 departments (or communes) in Zondoma Province.
Location of the 5 departments (or communes) in Zondoma Province.

Sahel Region[edit]

Oudalan Province
Location of the 5 departments (or communes) in Oudalan Province.
Location of the 5 departments (or communes) in Oudalan Province.
Séno Province
Location of the 6 departments (or communes) in Séno Province.
Location of the 6 departments (or communes) in Séno Province.
Soum Province
Location of the 9 departments (or communes) in Soum Province.
Location of the 9 departments (or communes) in Soum Province.
Yagha Province
Location of the 6 departments (or communes) in Yagha Province.
Location of the 6 departments (or communes) in Yagha Province.

Est Region[edit]

Gnagna Province
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Gnagna Province.
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Gnagna Province.
Gourma Province
Location of the 6 departments (or communes) in Gourma Province.
Location of the 6 departments (or communes) in Gourma Province.
Komondjari Province
Location of the 3 departments (or communes) in Komondjari Province.
Location of the 3 departments (or communes) in Komondjari Province.
Kompienga Province
Location of the 3 departments (or communes) in Kompienga Province.
Location of the 3 departments (or communes) in Kompienga Province.
Tapoa Province
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Tapoa Province.
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Tapoa Province.

Centre-Est Region[edit]

Boulgou Province
Location of the 13 departments (or communes) in Boulgou Province.
Location of the 13 departments (or communes) in Boulgou Province.
Koulpélogo Province
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Koulpélogo Province.
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Koulpélogo Province.
Kouritenga Province
Location of the 9 departments (or communes) in Kouritenga Province.
Location of the 9 departments (or communes) in Kouritenga Province.

Centre-Sud Region[edit]

Bazèga Province
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Bazèga Province.
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Bazèga Province.
Nahouri Province
Location of the 5 departments (or communes) in Nahouri Province.
Location of the 5 departments (or communes) in Nahouri Province.
Zoundwéogo Province
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Zoundwéogo Province.
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Zoundwéogo Province.

Centre-Ouest Region[edit]

Boulkiemdé Province
Location of the 15 departments (or communes) in Boulkiemdé Province.
Location of the 15 departments (or communes) in Boulkiemdé Province.
Sanguié Province
Location of the 10 departments (or communes) in Sanguié Province.
Location of the 10 departments (or communes) in Sanguié Province.
Sissili Province
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Sissili Province.
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Sissili Province.
Ziro Province
Location of the 6 departments (or communes) in Ziro Province.
Location of the 6 departments (or communes) in Ziro Province.

Hauts-Bassins Region[edit]

Houet Province
Location of the 13 departments (or communes) in Houet Province.
Location of the 13 departments (or communes) in Houet Province.
Kénédougou Province
Location of the 13 departments (or communes) in Kénédougou Province.
Location of the 13 departments (or communes) in Kénédougou Province.
Tuy Province
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Tuy Province.
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Tuy Province.

Boucle du Mouhoun Region[edit]

Balé Province
Location of the 10 departments (or communes) in Balé Province.
Location of the 10 departments (or communes) in Balé Province.
Banwa Province
Location of the 6 departments (or communes) in Banwa Province.
Location of the 6 departments (or communes) in Banwa Province.
Kossi Province
Location of the 10 departments (or communes) in Kossi Province.
Location of the 10 departments (or communes) in Kossi Province.
Mouhoun Province
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Mouhoun Province.
Location of the 7 departments (or communes) in Mouhoun Province.
Nayala Province
Location of the 6 departments (or communes) in Nayala Province.
Location of the 6 departments (or communes) in Nayala Province.
Sourou Province
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Sourou Province.
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Sourou Province.

Cascades Region[edit]

Comoé Province
Location of the 9 departments (or communes) in Comoé Province.
Location of the 9 departments (or communes) in Comoé Province.
Léraba Province
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Léraba Province.
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Léraba Province.

Sud-Ouest Region[edit]

Bougouriba Province
Location of the 5 departments (or communes) in Bougouriba Province.
Location of the 5 departments (or communes) in Bougouriba Province.
Ioba Province
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Ioba Province.
Location of the 8 departments (or communes) in Ioba Province.
Noumbiel Province
Location of the 5 departments (or communes) in Noumbiel Province.
Location of the 5 departments (or communes) in Noumbiel Province.
Poni Province
Location of the 10 departments (or communes) in Poni Province.
Location of the 10 departments (or communes) in Poni Province.

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).

See also