This study examines local perceptions of an African regional intervention – by the African Union and ECOWAS in Burkina Faso in 2014/15 – as well as the knowledge about these organisations held by different local actors from various social strata. The study is the result of collaborative and empirically comprehensive research carried out in the capital and several localities in the country. We show that the two African regional organisations are more locally contested than is depicted in the academic literature and, at the same time, perceived more positively than suggested by the dominant social imaginary of these organisations as “clubs of heads of state”.
Schnabel, Simone/Witt, Antonia/Konkobo, Adjara (2022): The “Clubs of Heads of State” from Below. Local perceptions of the African Union, ECOWAS and their 2014/15 interventions in Burkina Faso, PRIF Report 14/2022, Frankfurt/M, DOI: 10.48809/prifrep2214.