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Below left: Omar Al-Kadhi (right) at the University of Koudougou project, co-financed by the OPEC Fund in partnership with the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the government of Burkina Faso. Below: OPEC Fund Director-General Dr Abdulhamid Alkhalifa with Omar Al-Kadhi at the inauguration of the University of Ouagadougou (see below), being interviewed for local media.


“The OPEC Fund is a comparatively small institution, but we are very quick and agile. Our impact in the field goes way beyond our size. We are efficient in what we do and we do it well – that’s why people like to work with us.”


Omar Al-Kadhi


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UP CLOSE: OPEC Fund Officer Omar Al-Kadhi


’ve been Burkina Faso Country Officer since joining the OPEC Fund in 2014. My first mission to the country was two months after joining – it was an appraisal mission for the second phase


of the Ouagadougou Water Supply project (see previous page), which we subsequently approved. We recently completed the project and it has been very satisfying to see this on the ground. Witnessing people access fresh water in and around the capital Ouagadougou is wonderful. The unique as able to witness a


The unique aspect of our profession is being able to witness an accomplished project. It is satisfying to see satisfying to see the development impact on beneficiaries. Our projects put human beings at the center, and during this mission, I could tell the center, and d that the people of Burkina Faso recognized this, and very much appreciated it.


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make a short speech and I have to admit it was the students I was worried about, not the ministers and officials. I didn’t know how they would react. After my speech, the students were clapping and came up to me to talk. I could feel their hope. It’s because they’d seen something tangible – something real – with our Ouagadougou University Phase 2 project (see main article), completed and ready to use by students in Ouagadougou. The construction quality and the time deadlines we met means that the Ouagadougou project is now an operation in Burkina Faso that everyone is speaking about. It gives other people hope, even outside of the project area. Universities and hospitals are crucial for the


future of people in Burkina Faso. The OPEC Fund is among the very few development finance institutions involved in the higher education sector in the country. As part of its national strategy, the government of Burkina Faso has started a gradual decentralization policy for higher education and research facilities. The OPEC Fund’s help has been requested and people have a lot of hope in our potential to support this policy. We’re driven by the needs and aspirations of the government and the people. They are in the driving seat.”


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