Promoting the role of culture in national development

Study explores cultural powerhouse
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Communication aims to design and carry out a national study on the contribution of the cultural sector to the social and economic development of Burkina-Faso. The resulting statistics and findings will guide the work of national officials and strengthen arguments to promote culture as a factor of development. Activities conducted include: designing the survey to cover 13 regions of Burkina Faso; collection of data, along with the organization of a media campaign to encourage participation in the process; and, analyzing the collected data.
Project manager:
Desire Ouedraogo
Directeur des Etudes et de la Planification (DEP)
Beneficiary countries:
  • Burkina Faso
Funds allocated:
US $ 60.813,00
Project implementation period:
April, 2011 to April, 2012
Measured the potential impact of culture on job creation (1.78% of the national workforce) and on its contribution to the country’s GDP (2.02%).
Collected information in 10 out of Burkina Faso’s 13 regions to create a database of the cultural sector. With this tool the impact of culture on the country’s GDP and employment rates can be measured.
Mapped the cultural sector in Burkina Faso. The results of the mapping exercise informed the country's 2015 "Strategy de croissance accélérée et de développement durable" (SCADD)


Burkina’s cultural industries make up 2.02 % of its Gross Domestic Product, and 1.78% of the country’s jobs were linked to arts and culture in 2009. But most critically, Burkina’s incredibly dynamic cultural scene is “contributing to sustainable development by helping prevent conflict, fostering social integration and nation building,” commented Mr. Désiré Ouédraogo, Cultural Advisor at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Burkina Faso.