Burkina Faso seen from below

The Forum for Africa Studies is leading commissioned research in collaboration with the long-standing partner the Institut des Sciences des Sociétés (INSS) in Burkina Faso. The research is funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency through the Embassy of Sweden in Burkina Faso. Annual studies are conducted on strategic themes of importance to Swedish development cooperation in Ouagadougou and its Burkinabe partners.

In 2018, the focus was on security from below and citizen perceptions and perspectives on security and safety challenges. A team of eight anthropologists did fieldwork including project leaders Prof. Sten Hagberg and Associate Prof. Ludovic Kibora. The report was presented to researchers and stakeholders in Ouagadougou on 12 December 2018. A book entitled Sécurité par le bas: Perceptions et perspectives citoyennes des défis de sécurité au Burkina Faso" was published in December 2019, and is available here.

In 2019, the annual study focused on women leadership and decentralisation. Fieldwork was carried in a dozen of municipalities between March and June 2019 with a team of eight anthropologists. The draft report was presented in a workshop in Ouagadougou on 9 January 2020. The book on the combat of women leadership was published in January 2021 (see below). The book is sold as hard copy and available online here

The annual studies will be published in the series Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies.


Focus group discussion in June 2018 in the Sambonaye village of Dori municipality.


Focus group discussions with female students at the Nazi BONI University, Bobo-Dioulasso, as part of the study Women Leadership and Decentralisation in Burkina Faso.



The report on Women Leadership and Decentralization in Burkina Faso was presented at a workshop in Ouagadougou on 9 January 2020. Left to right: Oumar Sanogo (CNRST), Sten Hagberg (UU), and Mia Rimby (Embassy of Sweden).


The research team for the study of women leadership and decentralization in Burkina Faso. The photo was taken at the Nounoumoa Federation transforming sheabutter, Léo, August 2019.


The report on security from below was presented in December 2018: Sten Hagberg (Forum for Africa Studies), Susanna Hughes (Embassy of Sweden), and Ludovic Kibora (Institut des Sciences des Sociétés


The field research team "Security from below", October 2018


The pedestrian/bicycle/motorbike bridge in the village of Essakane, Dori municipality, Burkina Faso.


The book on WOMEN LEADERSHIP IN BURKINA FASO was published in 2021. Acces the study by clicking on the image.


The book on Security from below in Burkina Faso (french version) was published in 2019. Access the book, click on the image