Like many countries throughout the world, Burkina Faso is looking at ways to extract economic and social value from its cultural sector and traditions. Its approach to the issue involves new policies, analysis, and a wide variety of initiatives.
The study in question, published in the journal Cultural Trends, looks at a recent report produced for the Burkinabè Ministry of Culture, focusing on the practical links between social and economic development, the definition of culture and cultural industries, and the distinction between the two. It also looks at the report's recommendations and discusses outstanding issues in the field.
The report finds the study timely and a valuable exercise but points out that much remains to be done before practical concrete and strategic cultural and development policies can be implemented to promote the country's economic and social development.