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Burkina Faso

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Burkina Faso
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index156th best
CapitalOuagadougou
Land Area1 273 600 km2
LocationAfrica
Population2 17.48 million
Life Expectancy355.854yrs (2012)
GNI3$1 202
ISO3166-1 Codes4BF, BFA, 854
Internet Domain5.bf
Currency6Franc (XOF)
Telephone7+226

1. Overview

Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. Burkina Faso's high population density and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Burkina Faso National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
175Afghanistan37.426.7
176Guinea-Bissau36.435.1
177Sierra Leone35.926.9
178Guinea35.534.2
179Burundi35.525.2
180Central African Rep.35.230.9
181Eritrea35.134.5
182Mali34.425.2
183Burkina Faso34.332.9
184Chad34.030.6
185Mozambique32.725.4
186Niger30.422.3
187Congo, DR30.426.9
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
153Solomon Islands44.4
154Cameroon43.7
155Iran43.7
156Burkina Faso43.6
157Uganda43.6
158Tanzania43.5
159Angola43.1
160Congo, (Brazzaville)43.0
161Nigeria43.0
162Djibouti42.9
163Eritrea42.5
164Senegal42.5
165Ivory Coast42.4
166Gambia42.0
Data Source

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others. The values in the chart are factored by 100.

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2017).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
166Liberia57.3
167Benin56.5
168Rwanda55.7
169Burkina Faso55.9
170Ivory Coast56
171Niger55.1
172Malawi54.8
173Uganda54.5
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
168Nigeria5.5
169Tanzania5.5
170Congo, DR5.5
171Burkina Faso5.8
172Chad5.8
173Uganda6.0
174Malawi6.0
175Timor-Leste (E. Timor)6.0
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
56Ivory Coast 20.59m65
57Cameroon 20.47m43
58Angola 20.16m16
59Burkina Faso 17.48m64
60Chile 17.42m23
61Netherlands 16.71m496
62Niger 16.64m13
Data Source

Burkina Faso's population is predicted to rise to 29.11 million by 2030. These millions of extra people will all need space to live, food to eat, energy to consume, and will increase the burden on the planet's resources. This country has a fertility rate of 5.77.

The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
113Egypt1956
114Comoros1956
115Malaysia1957
116Burkina Faso1958
117Guinea1958
118Nigeria1958
119Chad1958
120Hungary1958
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
128Gambia0.59
129Sudan0.60
130Kenya0.61
131Burkina Faso0.61
132India0.61
133Congo, (Brazzaville)0.61
134Papua New Guinea0.62
135Benin0.62
Data Source

Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.

The 1950s saw a late rush of 43 countries, including Burkina Faso and many developing nations, move to cease preventing women from voting. Burkina Faso is an unequal country, with male rights dominating those of women.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
96Tunisia0%
97Uganda0%
98Cameroon0%
99Burkina Faso0%
100Gambia0%
101Azerbaijan0%
102Zambia0%
103Yemen0%
Data Source

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below9:

Christian22.5%
Muslim61.6%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion15.4%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated0.4%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Muslim 60.5%, Catholic 19%, animist 15.3%, Protestant 4.2%, other 0.6%, none 0.4%10.

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6. The Internet

IT Security Risks
271USA3.68
270Russia2.42
269India2.10
...
227Iran0.85
226Ethiopia0.84
225Ivory Coast0.82
224Burkina Faso0.79
223Cameroon0.77
222Kenya0.77
221Zambia0.76
220Moldova0.71
Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
173Burundi2.10
174Chad1.70
175Madagascar1.70
176Burkina Faso1.40
177Papua New Guinea1.28
178Cambodia1.26
179Guinea1.00
180Niger0.83
Data Source

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

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7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Personal Charitability (2013-2016)11
CountryValue11
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
...
104Ethiopia90.5
105Zimbabwe92.75
106Ivory Coast93.33
107Burkina Faso93.75
108Belarus94.75
109Poland96.5
110Macedonia98.75
111Romania99.75
Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
117Mali6.1
118Syria6.1
119Nigeria6.0
120Burkina Faso6.0
121Sierra Leone6.0
122Senegal5.9
123Ukraine5.9
124Gabon5.9
Data Source
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
54Morocco1.87
55Tanzania1.87
56Djibouti1.88
57Burkina Faso1.88
58Mongolia1.88
59Oman1.89
60Malawi1.89
61Panama1.90
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
118Ivory Coast69
119Malawi69
120Mali69
121Burkina Faso68
122Angola68
123Somalia68
124Chad68
125Haiti67
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
42Romania20
43Poland20
44Honduras20
45Burkina Faso20
46Georgia20
47S. Africa20
48Namibia20
49Slovakia20
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
42Niger99.2
43Trinidad & Tobago99.2
44Malta99.2
45Burkina Faso99.2
46Taiwan99.2
47Samoa99.2
48Haiti99.2
49Korea, S.99.2
Data Source
R & D Spending
Country% RDP PPP
1Korea, S.4.2912
2Israel4.1112
3Japan3.5812
...
89Togo0.2213
90Nigeria0.2214
91Azerbaijan0.2115
92Burkina Faso0.2016
93Vietnam0.1917
94Mauritius0.1813
95Panama0.1817
96Oman0.1715
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
162Tanzania$1 383
163Zambia$1 358
164Chad$1 258
165Burkina Faso$1 202
166Uganda$1 168
167Rwanda$1 147
168Nepal$1 137
169Haiti$1 070
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
133Congo, DR4
134Guinea4
135Rwanda4
136Burkina Faso4
137Comoros3.9
138Bulgaria3.9
139Burundi3.8
140Nepal3.8
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
124Pakistan48.0
125Tanzania47.9
126Zimbabwe47.8
127Burkina Faso47.3
128Sudan47.1
129Zambia47.0
130Oman45.9
131Guinea-Bissau44.7
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
112Vanuatu10
113Montserrat10
114Congo, DR10
115Burkina Faso10
116Sao Tome & Principe10
117Puerto Rico10
118China10
119Madagascar10
Data Source

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Charities Aid Foundation
World Giving Index. On www.cafonline.org.

CIA
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 Feb 20.

Lynn, Harvey & Nyborg
(2009) Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations. Richard Lynn, John Harvey and Helmuth Nyborg article "Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations" in Intelligence (2009 Jan/Feb) vol. 37 issue 1 pages 11-15. Online at www.sciencedirect.com, accessed 2009 Sep 15.

OECD
(2016) Research and development (R&D) - Gross domestic spending on R&D. Data from data.oecd.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 28.

United Nations
(2011) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.

World Bank
Research and Development and a Percent of GDP PPP. Data from databank.worldbank.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 29.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011) .^
  3. UN (2013) .^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/uv.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  9. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  10. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  11. Charities Aid Foundation . Average ranking across years 2013-2016. Lower is better.^
  12. OECD (2016) data for year 2014.^
  13. World Bank data for year 2012.^
  14. World Bank data for year 2007.^
  15. World Bank data for year 2013.^
  16. World Bank data for year 2009.^
  17. World Bank data for year 2011.^

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