Alimatou Zongo works for the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Burkina Faso. Alimatou puts together accurate plans for Burkina Faso’s national budget. To help achieve this, she engages directly with donors to collect financial and budgetary information on their contributions.

Here, she shares what is involved: “As part of our work for the government of Burkina Faso, every year, we produce a report on the state of development and cooperation work in the country. We also produce a budget, including for the years to come. Both documents are shared with ministers as well as presented at more local levels.”

Alimatou represents Burkina Faso as an IATI member. She strongly supports the need for better data on development: “We need to know the resources at our disposal as well as a sense of what worked or not. We need reliable and detailed information.”