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Title:The Development and Function of Small Towns in Burkina Faso
Author:Ouedraogo, Marie-Michele
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly (ISSN 0747-6108)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Burkina Faso
West Africa
Subjects:physical planning
small towns
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Development and Technology
urban development
Economic infrastructure
Abstract:Besides the two main towns, Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, the urban structure in Burkina Faso consists of a number of small towns whose population ranges from 5,000 to 40,000. The fragile economic base of the minor towns, the poor quality of available facilities and the country's landlocked position all have an important impact on the role and functions of these small towns in the development process, and explain their present lethargy. A number of conditions must be met to ensure the development of Burkina Faso's minor towns. These include reducing rural-urban disparities, in particular the preponderance of Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, opening up the regions by improving the means of communication, and supplying the urban centres with manpower and infrastructure. The development of the minor towns would lead to a new distribution of the population, a growing demand for new activities, a stronger emphasis on the environment, and the need for appropriate planning. The perspectives for the development of the minor towns of Burkina Faso have been described in a development programme for medium-sized towns prepared by the Ministry of Planning in 1990. Bibliogr., sum.