Social and economic progress in the Sahel state
Burkina Faso is a presidential republic based on the French model. President Blaise Compaoré who has been ruling since the coup in 1987 and who was later legitimised in democratic elections was pushed out of office by mass protests in 2014 and replaced by an interim government. The elections held in November 2015, which were generally considered to be credible, saw Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and his party emerge as victors.
Burkina Faso is undergoing a stable economic development and has in recent years implemented important political reforms and achieved social progress. Public funds are being managed more efficiently and an increasing number of the Burkinabe are being supplied with drinking water. Furthermore, mining as a source of income is becoming more significant for the state in Burkina Faso. But Burkina Faso continues to be one of the world's ten poorest countries. High population growth is one reason why nearly half the population is forced to live on less than USD 2 a day. Moreover, the country is the most densely populated in the Sahel region. Key development goals are the systematic pursuit of a decentralisation of the state administration and the expansion of infrastructure.