Burkina Faso is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. Its capital is Ouagadougou. In 2010, its population was estimated at just under 15.75 million.
Burkina Faso has one of the lowest GDP per capita figures in the world: € 1,050. Agriculture represents 32% of its gross domestic product and occupies 80% of the working population.
Gold mining has been developing with the rise of gold price. Gold fever is a decease touching many children and young adults who are trying their fortune in very dangerous places.
Major political challenge in 2015 will be the election of the president. No date have been fixed yet.
Many of the countries surrounding Burkina Faso have political instability: Ivory Coast a couple of year ago, Niger at about the same time, Mali is struggling to find compromise between the various political groups.
Political stability in Burkina Faso is very important for Western countries. North of Burkina is already a base for the French troupes.
Burkina Faso has no direct borders with countries with Ebola. Control of travelers is very important, but very difficult. In order to minimize the risk, 2 major international events have been cancelled in Ouagadougou.
All the political instability and the ebola outbreaks has a major impact on the economy of Burkina. Tourism and artisanal activities in particular are suffering a lot from it.