Category Archives: Economy

Choices, choices: Radio campaign to reduce rural child mortality or public transport infrastructure for Ouagadougou

Two items of note popped up this week. First, an economic analysis of the cost-effectiveness of a mass radio campaign to encourage women’s use of health centers. Very cost effective, apparently. The direct program cost was $7,749,128 and it apparently … Continue reading

Posted in Economy

Burkina Faso planned borrowing ($260 million): energy, agriculture, road in the east, and general budget support

From an article from Ecofin: Rosine Coulibaly, the Burkinabe minister of economy, has signed last Monday five financing agreements valued at CFA131 billion with technical and financial partners. These monies will be injected in the National Economic and Social Development … Continue reading

Posted in Burkina Faso, Economy

Striking secondary school teachers in Burkina Faso are not grading… students may have to repeat a year

Au Burkina Faso, les élèves ont manifesté dans plusieurs villes du pays pour exiger des évaluations. Depuis des semaines, les enseignants ont déposé leurs stylos en signe de protestation, leurs revendications n’ayant pas été satisfaites.Dans plusieurs régions du Burkina Faso, … Continue reading

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Five Chinese to be tried for illegal mining in Ghana

It emerged during the court proceedings that the A-G had filed an affidavit in opposition to the bail application.  It pleaded with the court not to grant bail because the activities of the five Chinese contravened the Minerals and Mining … Continue reading

Posted in Development thinking, Economy

Burkina Faso tries to raise revenue

$17m in new taxes on housing and imported vehicles, and raising taxes on beer and other beverages, and on lottery winnings. Il est attendu des mesures fiscales annoncées, qu’elles contribuent à l’augmentation des recettes fiscales. Globalement elles devraient contribuer à … Continue reading

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Who is killing the donkeys of West Africa for their skins?

The prices of donkey skins have soared.  Nobody is quite sure. But China seems to be the destination for the skins. A tulip market? Increased real as opposed to speculative demand? Aéroport international de Ouagadougou, début février 2016. Des dizaines … Continue reading

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Why are Burkinabè not democrats? Because of the IMF and World Bank, of course!

Vincent Bonnecase at CNRS reflects on the upcoming elections and transition to democracy in Burkina Faso.  Lots of interesting thoughts, but at the end I find a kind of reflexive “blame it all on structural adjustment” at the heart of … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Politics