National ICT Policy/ Strategy
Below is a link to Burkina’s official National ICT Strategy:
- The Development Plan of the National Infrastructure of Information and Communication of Burkina Faso
This document was created in October of 1999 and is written in French. It has not been updated since its creation. The plan was developed by the national government in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Research Centre for International Development (IDRC). I advise using Google translate for the entire webpage as this tool provides a cohesive translation of the page.
The National Telecommunications Office in Burkina Faso is the lead authority on Burkina’s development strategy:
Government resources were difficult to locate. The website above was created in 2008 and is written in French. It is updated regularly and was most recently modified on December 12, 2012. I was unable to translate much of this site, thus it was more time consuming than useful.
Non-Government resources proved to be very valuable tools:
- Burkina Faso ICT Sector Performance Review– This policy paper was written by Pam Zahongo in association with Research ICT Africa. It was published in 2010 and is written in English. This paper evaluates Burkina’s performance in the ICT sector since the country’s national strategy took effect.
- Analysis of Information and Communication Technology Policies in Africa– This document was written by Joseph Tamukong in association with the Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA). It was published in August 2007 and is written in English. This document analyzes national ICT policies of 28 African countries, including Burkina Faso.
Overall, resources for Burkina Faso were a little difficult to locate. This was partly due to the fact that all official government websites and documents are in French. The most useful information came from documents found on websites off existing NGOs.