Burkina Faso Development Policy Part 2

Burkina Faso Development Policy Part 2

A regional program of the Civil Peace Service (CPS) deals with conflicts over the use of natural resources in the course of cross-border transhumance. The following programs and projects are currently running: Rural development Food security and strengthening resilience Protection against erosion, reclamation and valorisation of degraded areas Agricultural development Sustainable infrastructure Support for the […]

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Burkina Faso Economic Policy

Burkina Faso Economic Policy

Since 1991 Burkina Faso has followed several macroeconomic programs developed with the IMF. The financial system has therefore been subject to the “Plan de renforcement de la gestion budgétaire” (PRGB) for the past 15 years, a strict reform package whose implementation is generally viewed as positive. In 2003/04 the program was revised and in 2007 […]

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Burkina Faso Energy

Burkina Faso Energy and Mineral Industry

Industrial production The share of the secondary sector in GDP is 19%. This sector is still largely characterized by state enterprises (electricity and water) and the construction sector. The telecommunications company ONATEL was 49% privatized in 2006. Food processing, assembly of mopeds and beverage manufacturing are other industries. In addition, the informal area, which is […]

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Burkina Faso Agriculture

Burkina Faso Agriculture

According to oxfordastronomy, Burkina Faso is an agricultural country. More than 80% of the population live and work in rural areas. Overall, the primary sector (agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry) contributes 30 to 35% of GDP. It is the main source of income in the country. The agricultural sector has potential, the exploitation of which […]

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Burkina Faso Currency

Burkina Faso Economic Situation

With extremely unfavorable economic conditions, Burkina Faso remains in the very bottom place in all country comparisons. A rudimentary agriculture and a lack of industry leave the population in poverty. The government is betting on economic growth and trying to make progress in the fight against poverty through acceleration programs. GDP: US $ 15.75 billion (2019) […]

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Burkina Faso Film and Theater

Burkina Faso Film and Theater

In addition to hosting FESPACO as the largest African film festival, Burkina Faso itself has produced internationally renowned filmmakers. Among other things, the films “Wend Kuuni” and “Buud Yam” by the film pioneer Gaston Kaboré as well as “Tilai” by Idrissa Ouedraogo († 18.02.2018) received several great awards, also in Cannes. The films mostly deal […]

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Burkina Faso Foreign Policy

Burkina Faso Foreign Policy

According to naturegnosis, Burkina Faso is a member of all major regional organizations such as ECOWAS, UEMOA, CEN-SAD and AU (African Union) and has repeatedly hosted international summits. Ouagadougou is the seat of UEMOA and CILSS. Diplomatic relations The reliance on France, good relations with western donor countries of the EU and loyalty to the […]

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Burkina Faso Music

Burkina Faso Music

Music as an aesthetic sound experience has only been known in Burkina Faso since the 20th century. Music traditionally has its seat in cultic or sacred life. Stories were sung by griots. The balafon, tuned in pentatonic, with up to 21 bars is widespread in the west of Burkina Faso, especially among the Senufo (immatricial […]

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Burkina Faso Events

Burkina Faso Events

FESPACO The most famous and globally recognized major cultural event in Burkina Faso are the film festival “Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ouagadougou”, the FESPACO. These have taken place in Ouagadougou every two years since 1969. They are seen as the “showcase” of African cinema. The 25th edition of FESPACO took […]

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Burkina Faso Media

Burkina Faso Media

Print and online media Over 30 newspapers appear in Burkina Faso, around half of which can also be read online. The media language is French. There are also magazines in local languages. Daily press: L’Observateur Paalga (up to 10,000 copies) Le Pays (liberal, 3,000 copies) Sidwaya (state, 3,000 copies) L’Express du Faso (Bobo-Dioulasso, 1,500 copies) […]

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Burkina Faso Gender Ratio

Burkina Faso Gender Ratio

Marriage law and women’s rights From the perspective of modern living standards, the traditional rural life of a woman in Burkina Faso is unimaginably hard. Not only poverty and ignorance but also constraints imposed by tradition prevent women from creating relief for themselves and standing up for their rights. Often they stand in their own […]

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Burkina Faso Elections and Political Parties

Burkina Faso Elections and Political Parties

Elections and Political Participation The constitution guarantees all citizens the appointment of representatives of the people through direct, general, equal and free elections. Active and passive voting rights are guaranteed. Political and civil society groups can form freely. Elections are organized and carried out in Burkina Faso by the Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI). The […]

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Burkina Faso Demographics

Burkina Faso Demographics

Ethnic groups The population of Burkina Faso is made up of around 60 different ethnic groups. In terms of numbers, the Mossi dominate with a share of over 40%. Other important groups are the Peul (Fulbe), Lobi, Bobo, Senufo, Gurunsi, Gourmantché, Bissa, Sanan, Kurumba. Mooré (the language of the Mossi), Dioula in the west and […]

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Burkina Faso State Government

Burkina Faso State Government

Form of government, constitution and separation of powers Burkina Faso is, according to the 1991 constitution, from October 31. – 15.11.2014 was overruled by a military government, a secular presidential republic with a multi-party system. The president is directly elected as head of state every five years and has far-reaching powers. The president appoints the […]

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Burkina Faso Civil Society

Burkina Faso Civil Society

According to homosociety, Burkina Faso has a very colorful civil society landscape, which even during the Compaoré regime flourished largely free from the influence of the president and the ruling unity party and which contributed to a large extent to the overthrow of Blaise Compaoré. The numerous active organizations have so far been able to […]

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Burkina Faso Politics Part 3

Burkina Faso Politics Part 3

Elections on November 29th, 2015 – Roch Marc Christian Kaboré elected President Because of the attempted coup in September 2015 and the turbulent events that followed it, a new date for the presidential and parliamentary elections had to be set. The Constitutional Council put the elections on November 29, 2015. The list of 14 candidates […]

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Burkina Faso Politics Part 2

Burkina Faso Politics Part 2

The coup During a Council of Ministers meeting on September 16, 2015, President Kafando, Prime Minister Zida and two ministers from the former Presidential Guard (RSP) were taken hostage. On 17.09. the putschists set up a ” National Council for Democracy “. The leader of this military junta was General Gilbert Diendéré, formerly one of […]

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Burkina Faso Politics

Burkina Faso Politics Part 1

Government under President Roch Kaboré On 29.12.2015 was Roch Marc Christian Kaboré as the new president of Burkina Faso in his office introduced. One day later, Salif Diallo († August 19, 2017) was elected President of Parliament. Paul Kaba Thieba has been appointed new Prime Minister by the President. The new cabinet was composed of […]

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Burkina Faso Early History

Burkina Faso Early History

The colonial rule of France led to degrading exploitation, but also created the structural conditions for today’s Burkina Faso as a modern state. In the past 55 years, military governments, democratic constitutions and a revolutionary council under Thomas Sankara have replaced each other. According to extrareference, a popular uprising was able to overcome the corrupt […]

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Burkina Faso Colonial History

Burkina Faso Colonial History

According to ethnicityology, Burkina Faso itself produced one of the greatest historians in Africa, Prof. Joseph Ki-Zerbo (1922-2006). He was not only a professor of African history in Ouagadougou, Orléans, Dakar and Paris, but also a pioneer of independence and a leading opposition politician until his death. His main work, the “History of Black Africa”, […]

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Burkina Faso History 1960-1980

Burkina Faso History 1960-1980

1960-1966: the first republic Maurice Yaméogo became the first president of the independent state of Upper Volta, which became a member of the United Nations on September 22, 1960. Besides the current president, he is the only non-military president elected who did not come to power through a military coup. According to ehealthfacts, Yaméogo was […]

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Burkina Faso Independence

Burkina Faso Independence

1958 – 1960 independence After the Second World War, the returnees, the ” Anciens Combattants “, became figures of transition. They owed their position, reputation and monthly pension to no traditional system, but to the colonial power of France, of which they were subjects. They were very disappointed not to be recognized as equal citizens […]

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