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The West African El Dorado: Mapping the Illicit Trade of Gold in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso

The analyses in this report maps the enforcement and governance challenges, as well as vulnerabilities posed by the illicit trade of gold in West Africa and its impact on regional peace and stability. This report’s scope focuses on the artisanal gol…

The Political Economy of Long-Lived Decisions in Africa: Framework Report

The first part of the report is structured around three primary research questions: Which long-lived economic decisions are most relevant to influence in order to respond to climate change adaptation imperatives? Which institutions and processes ex…

Review of Public Expenditure Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

"Public expenditure is one of the critical ingredients of a country’s development. To ensure that public expenditure is efficient and effective, it is essential that resource allocation decisions are underpinned by sound analysis and that a well-des…

Gold Exploitation and Socioeconomic Outcomes: The Case of Burkina Faso

This paper investigates how the gold boom that started in 2007 has affected socioeconomic outcomes in Burkina Faso. A simple theoretical model was developed to show the expected impacts, and these were validated by an empirical analysis. Results …

Strengthening Social Protection in the Informal Sector through CBMS: Case of the Communes of Diébougou (Province of Bougouriba), Koper (Province of Ioba) and To (Province of Sissili)

Burkina Faso has experienced the implementation of several social safety net programs to promote access to basic social services and employment of disadvantaged social strata, and to reduce the effects of exogenous shocks. These programs are based …

Coût des Mauvaises Pratiques dans l’usage des Produits Chimiques dans le secteur Agricole / The Cost of Poor Practices in the Use of Chemicals in the Agricultural Sector

The improvement of the management of chemicals in Burkina Faso, remains a financial issue. According to this study, the subject by the SP/CONEDD (2013), the Burkinabè economy loses $ 15.1 billion (19.2% of GDP) every year, due to the use of pesti…

Fiscal Reforms and Income Inequalities in Senegal and Burkina Faso: A Comparative Study

The West African economic and monetary union was created 1994, whch had as a main objective the reinforcement of the competitiveness of the member states by harmonizing their economic legislation. In 1995 indirect tax harmonization were adopted by …

Chute du Cours de L'or, recettes fiscales et emplois: quelle stratégie d'adaptation pour le Burkina Faso? / Decline in Gold Prices, Tax Receipts and Employment: Which Adaptation Strategy for Burkina Faso?

This working Paper is also available in English. Since 2007, Burkina Faso’s mining sector has been growing quickly, with gold replacing cotton as its biggest export. However, the decline in gold prices since 2012 has hit the Burkinabe economy ha…

Decline in Gold Prices, Tax Receipts and Employment: Which Adaptation Strategy for Burkina Faso?

Since 2007, Burkina Faso’s mining sector has been growing quickly, with gold replacing cotton as its biggest export. However, the decline in gold prices since 2012 has hit the Burkinabe economy hard. Using a static calculable general equilibrium (…

The West African El Dorado: Mapping the Illicit Trade of Gold in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso

This report maps the enforcement and governance challenges, as well as vulnerabilities posed by the illicit trade of gold in West Africa and its impact on regional peace and stability. The scope of this report focuses on the artisanal gold sector i…

Wealth Through Integration Regional Integration and Poverty-Reduction Strategies in West Africa

"Could regional integration be a first step toward joining the global market? In a context where liberalizing trade has not produced the expected gains in developing countries and growth in global trade has not led to the expected economic growth, a…

Reviewing Africa’s Peer Review Mechanism: A Seven Country Survey

"The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was launched in 2003 as one of the pillars of NEPAD. More than half of Africa’s countries (with three-quarters of its population) have joined the APRM. Of these, at least half have set about the process of s…

ARV Community Knowledge, Awareness, Accessibility and the Policy Environment: A Compendium Report of Tanzania, Mozambique and Burkina Faso

This report studied accessibility to AIDS care and treatment services in Tanzania, Mozambique and Burkina Faso. The focus of the study was to determine peoples' knowledge and awareness of ARV treatment, as well as the accessibility and use of ARV in…

Etude sur les Difficultés de Recouvrement des Créances dans l’espace Uemoa (Benin, Burkina-Faso, Mali, Senegal) / Study on the Difficulties of Debt Recovery in the UEMOA (Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal)

"The study begins with an overview of the legal and economic environment of four countries, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal, all of which have the common characteristics of being both members of UEMOA and parties to the OHADA Treaty. T…

Putting Small Scale Farming First : Improving the National Agriculture Investment Plans of Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania

The National Agriculture Investment Plans(NAIPs) of five countries – Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Burkina Faso – are being analysed in this report. It assesses the extent to which these countries are likely to benefit smallholder farmers…

Hope and Life Access to ARVs in a Community Context: Rural-Urban Experiences in Burkina Faso

High levels of HIV/AIDS-related stigma was revealed in the survey findings. After the discovery of their status, many individuals experience rejection and/or isolation. In all likelihood due to the fear of rejection by family and/or friends – around…

Heifer in Trust, Social Protection and Graduation : Conceptual Issues and Empirical Questions

The ‘heifer-in-trust’ or ‘livestock-in-kind credit’ model is being examined in this article through a social-protection lens. It seeks specifically, to engage with debates about the use of asset-based strategies to support graduation from social pro…

Does Rapid Agricultural Growth Require a System of Innovation? Evidence from Ghana and Burkina Faso

The hypothesis of the ‘systems of innovation’ is being tested in this paper for a selection of crops in Ghana and Burkina Faso that have shown significant growth in production over an approximately 20-year period. The question is whether such growth…

IDH et Performance Comparative de l'Economie Burkinabe dans la CEDEAO : Reflexions Theoretique et Implications Empiriques / The HDI and the Comparative Performance of the Economy in Burkina Faso in the ECOWAS: Theoretical Reflections and Empirical Implica

Burkina Faso experienced a reasonable amount of socio- political stability since the adoption of the 1991 Constitution. This stability added to efforts to clean up the business climate has enabled the country to achieve a significant performance. Th…

Défiscalisation et Accès à l’énergie Solaire au Burkina Faso / Tax Exemption and Solar Energy Access in Burkina Faso

Tax exemption in theory is a suitable measure to reduce the cost of services. That makes it possible to increase its accessibility, and that could work in the case of solar energy. However, taking into consideration the current market conditions wit…

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