Burkina Faso: INSS and Uppsala College rejoice 25 years of partnership

The opening ceremony of the end-of-project workshop called “Burkina Faso seen from below” and the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the agreement between the Institute of Social Sciences (INSS) and the University of Uppsala, Sweden, took place this Thursday fair, June 23, 2022, in Ouagadougou. This workshop aims to present the results of research carried out with the aim of reflecting on the current challenges of Burkinabe society in connection with the research that it intends to be committed to.

Since 2014, the Embassy of Sweden in Burkina Faso, on the basis of cooperation agreements, has funded a series of researches that have been carried out by researchers from the INSS and the University of Uppsala, with very interesting research results. The results of this research have been the subject of several scientific works and the collaboration between researchers from these two institutions also led to the creation in 2018 of the Laboratory of Comparative, Committed and Transnational Anthropology.

The closing workshop of the program “Burkina Faso seen from below” that takes place this Thursday aims to be a framework for reflection on the achievements, the results obtained, the difficulties encountered and the perspectives. It will also serve as a framework for the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the agreement between the INSS and the University of Uppsala, Sweden, signed in August 1996.

The general delegate of the National Center for Scientific and Technological Research (CNRST), Maxime Drabo, confided that the organization of this workshop has a double objective. To publicize the results of the research and at the same time celebrate the 25th anniversary of the agreement between the two institutions. He made a point of paying due tribute to the commitment of all those involved in this perfect collaboration, namely the CNRST, the Swedish Embassy, ​​the INSS and the researchers.

“The CNRST has always encouraged and supported collaborative research in the spirit of promoting the development of research at the service of our country. I would like to welcome the presence in this workshop of participants with different profiles who are, among others, technical and financial partners, researchers, practitioners, administrators”, he suggested.

Ludovic Kibora, director of the INSS

For Susanne Allden, Head of Cooperation at the Swedish Embassy in Burkina, her country, by supporting this research, intends to contribute to democracy, gender equality, peace, security, with the full participation of people at community level. This is now done, according to her, thanks to the recommendations that the studies were able to lead to.

“In fact, the research team made up of seniors and juniors, through qualitative survey methods and in a language accessible to all strata, made it possible to understand the levers that must be activated for a true democratic culture. female leadership and an increasingly worrying improvement in security in Burkina Faso. In addition to these results, I am pleased that the partnership between the Institute of Social Sciences of the CNRST of Burkina Faso and the Forum for African Studies at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, has made it possible to create the Center for Comparative Anthropology Committed and Transnational Laboratory. This shows that North/South scientific collaboration is a guarantee of relevant action research”, he said.

Susanne Allden, Head of Cooperation at the Swedish Embassy

Mrs. Allden stated that, in view of the fruitful exchanges during previous feedback workshops on the three studies, it is obvious that strong proposals will come out of this meeting for better cooperation in North/South research.

The director of the INSS, Ludovic Kibora, expressed these sincere thanks to all the people who, from near or far, supported them in carrying out these research projects.

Patricia Coulibaly


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