Category Archives: Economy

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

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Artisinal gold mining in Burkina Faso: Nice short report from Fanny Noaro

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Short video summary of my research on reading in Burkina Faso

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Burkina passes corruption law required for World Bank support

Burkina Faso’s interim parliament has approved an anti-corruption law, one of two pieces of legislation required by the World Bank before it will release $100 million in budget support.  The National Transitional Council (CNT), which was established after a popular … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso… Alizéta Ouédraogo lists her losses

Apparently, no sense of shame at all for never having questioned the legitimacy of the regime. “J’ai perdu deux tanneries avec un stock important de marchandises. Les machines ont été détruites par les flammes, les bâtiments ont été mis à … Continue reading

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Journalists: Please don’t repeat fallacy that #Burkina is poor = no growth under Compaoré #lwili

Burkina Faso is indeed really poor.  But it has been really poor for a long time.  And as a land-locked country in the Sahel, it will likely never be very rich.  The last 20 years have seen solid economy growth, … Continue reading

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