The compounded effects of Covid-19 and other crises on SMEs in Burkina Faso

C-19 Note
Published on 30 April 2023


We document the trajectory of SMEs in Burkina Faso between 2020 and 2022, which were affected not only by the global Covid-19 shock, but also by several negative local shocks: two coups took place in 2022, in the context of increasing frequent terrorist attacks. Despite this, surviving firms were optimistic about the future, speaking to their capacity for resilience.


Joshua Deutschmann

University of Chicago

Soumaïla Gansonré

University Joseph Ki-Zerbo

Louise Guillouet

Columbia University

Aristide S. Ouédraogo

Université de Ouahigouya