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Growth Poles in Burkina Faso

At the Bank, our private sector development focus in Burkina Faso concerns helping the government develop growth poles around tangible and intangible assets in well defined geographic areas.  The Bagré Growth Pole is being developed around a 16MW hydroelectric dam. There is the potential to put 10,000-20,000 hectares under irrigation. We are financing irrigation and other economic infrastructure in the zone.

I am also developing another growth pole operation in the North/Sahel region.


  1. Would a growth pole strategy also be applicable in Sierra Leone? What can be learnt from the strategy in Burkina Faso?

    • Good question. The answer is “It depends.” Spatial strategies always have a place in economic development, but there is so much variation and diversity of needs and problems that need solving, it is not a question that can be easily answered.

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