Bulletin 356 – Challenges for a viable decentralisation process in rural Burkina Faso


A.S. Bagré, H. Bary, A. Ouattara, M. Ouédraogo, D. Thiéba, T. Hilhorst, G. Baltissen

A landlocked Sahelian country, Burkina Faso has an estimated population of
around 12 million inhabitants and covers 274 000 km2. Its location presents considerable challenges for the economic development of the country. The climate can be classified as Sudanese, with two contrasting seasons, a rainy and a dry season lengthening into the more northern reaches of Burkina. Rainfall varies from one year to another and droughts can take a heavy toll on agricultural production, which is the mainstay of the Burkinabé economy.