What percentage of defence and security expenditure in the budget year is dedicated to spending on secret items relating to national security and the intelligence services?
Burkina Faso score: 0/100
The percentage is not available to the public, or the information that is published is considered unreliable.
More than eight per cent of expenditure is dedicated to secret items.
Eight per cent or less, but more than three per cent, of expenditure is dedicated to secret items.
Three per cent or less, but more than one per cent, of expenditure is dedicated to secret items.
One per cent or less of expenditure is dedicated to secret items.
The percentage of defence and security expenditure dedicated to spending on secret items related to national security and intelligence is not available publicly. There is no information about military spending on secret items in the reports of the Supreme Audit Institution or the Court of Accounts. According to the 2018 BTI report, Burkina Faso’s military expenditures for the past three years were 1.2% of the GDP in 2016; 1.3% in 2015; and 1.4% of the GDP in 2014 (1). The 2000-2018 Trading Economics Burkina Faso Corruption Ranking indicates that “Burkina Faso[‘s] military expenditure is 185.60 USD Million,” it does not report spending on secret items related to defence and security as well as the intelligence (2). The Open Budget Survey report (2018) states that “since 2015 Burkina Faso has decreased the availability of budget information by: Producing the In-Year Report for internal use only; Failing to produce the Mid-Year Review’. The report further says that the country has “failed in making progress by: Not making the Citizens Budget available to the public in a timely manner; Publishing an Executive’s Budget Proposal that only contains minimal budget information” (3).
There is no evidence that the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), has recorded the percentage of defence and security expenditure dedicated to spending on secret items either. However, the 2018 SIPRI report states that there has been a 24% increase in Burkina Faso’s military expenditure from 2016 to 2017, which is about $191 million (4).
1. “BTI 2018: Burkina Faso Country Report,” Transformation Index BTI, https://www.bti-project.org/en/reports/country-reports/detail/itc/bfa/ity/2018/itr/wca/.
2. “Burkina Faso Corruption Rank 2000-2018,” Trading Economics, 2018, accessed May 27, 2018, https://tradingeconomics.com/burkina-faso/corruption-rank.
3. “Open Budget Survey 2017: Burkina Faso,” International Budget Partnership, 2017, https://www.internationalbudget.org/wp-content/uploads/burkina-faso-open-budget-survey-2017-summary-english.pdf.
4. “SIPRI Military Expenditure Database,” SIPRI, 2018. https://www.sipri.org/sites/default/files/2_Data%20for%20all%20countries%20from%201988%E2%80%932017%20in%20local%20currency.pdf.
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