Corruption in Government Procurement: On the Motivations of Small and Medium Enterprises in Burkina Faso

  • B. D. Akouwerabou
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


Corruption appears to be a very harmful and destroying factor to any economy for countless reasons. The deterioration of social well being, one of those reasons is due to the worst execution and achievement of some public infrastructures. And corruption begets most of the time bankruptcy of many enterprises that have paid too much bribes in order to be assignees of government contracts. Within the framework of this research, we lay emphasis on the very determinants of corruption for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) taking part in the competition for government contracts to supply office equipment in Burkina Faso. Our objective is to find the factors that drag the enterprises to engage in corruption in seeking government contracts in Burkina Faso. The former studies that tried to uncover and enlighten that question made use of presumption data concerning corruption. The current contribution uses data being the facts of corruption experienced by SMEs in Burkina Faso. We have found out that rent-seeking and worse governance are the two main reasons which push in Burkina Faso’s SMEs to engage in corruption. We have also found that incompetence is another important determinant of corruption.


Corruption SMEs Rent seeking Bad governance Burkina Faso 



I am grateful for comments by Bako Parfait and English improvement by Kiragoulou A. Romain and Kini Janvier.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UFR/SEG/LAQAD-SUniversité Ouaga IIOuagadougouBurkina Faso

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