Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective

The only five-star hotel in the capital city, the Sofitel Ouaga 2000 hotel was built by Muammar al-Gaddafi, the de facto leader of Libya, with Libyan financing.

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Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective

Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - The Globe

A large metal globe sits in the middle of Place Des Nations Unies in downtown Ouagadougou.

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Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - The Globe

Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - A Telecenter on Every Corner

There is, on almost every block, a telecenter, which provides a range of telephone and communication services. These centers are to Burkina Faso what Starbucks is to the United States.

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Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - A Telecenter on Every Corner

Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - Postal Service

There is a Sonapost postal service bureau in almost every midsize town in Burkina Faso.

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Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - Postal Service

Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - Internet Cafés

Smaller, informal Internet cafes with basic systems and extremely slow connections dot the streets of Ouagadougou, while more sophisticated cafes like this can also be found.

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Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - Internet Cafés

Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - A Community Experience

People use the PCs for e-mail, word processing and to update their Excel spreadsheets.

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Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - A Community Experience

Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - A Space to Work

Some of the more up-market Internet cafes offer work spaces, equipped with desks, DSL connections and other productivity amenities.

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Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - A Space to Work

Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - A Large-Screen Plasma TV Anyone?

Electronics stores like this dot the streets, offering customers the latest brand-name products.

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Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - A Large-Screen Plasma TV Anyone?

Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - No Shortage of Brand-Name Products

If its a brand-name product you want, theres a store in Burkina Faso that will have it.

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Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - No Shortage of Brand-Name Products

Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - The Burkina Faso Bustle

Wherever you go, there are hawkers pushing their wares and taxis loaded to the roof with goods.

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Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - The Burkina Faso Bustle

Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - Retail Ouagadougou-Style

While large retail stores are not common, large wooden barrows offering everything from brushes, trowels, wire and brooms abound.

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Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - Retail Ouagadougou-Style

Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - Unlimited Potential

Microsofts Unlimited Potential initiative aims to help individuals and communities around the world achieve their goals through access to relevant and affordable technologies, thereby enabling new avenues of social and economic opportunity.

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Africas Unlimited Potential: A Burkina Faso Perspective - Unlimited Potential

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