Country infoBurkina Faso

Population: 16.5 million (2012)
Per Capita Income: USD 670/year (2012)
Poverty rate*: 47% (2009)
Literacy rate: 29% (2007)
Human Development Index: 183th out of 187 countries (2012)


Burkina Faso has embarked on a series of extensive reforms, since a period of unrest in 2011. It is on track to achieve three of eight Millennium Development Goals. Sustained efforts and investments have generated positive human development trends, although access to basic services remains an important concern due to poorly developed community-based services. Despite progress in gross primary school enrolment Burkina Faso has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. Access to secondary education remains low (16%), as is the quality of the system.

Sources: indexmundi, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank
*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.

Solar electrification of a socio-economic hub
Electriciens sans frontières


The project led by “Electriciens sans frontières” aims to equip a socio-economic hub with solar electricity in the Zam commune, Burkina Faso.

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