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John "Omega" Williams
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Agricola Express?

Or a retheme of Star Trader's Luck?
 
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This piqued my interest. A high school friend lives in Ouagadougou. I think she does work with the Peace Corps, but I could be wrong.

Sounds like a very interesting game idea. A good way to turn a lot of standard conventions upside down:

The value of everything is in money, but there isn't any actual money.
Your workers don't work part of the time.
The player wants to make progress, but you have to convince the workers to be motivated.
Instead of a harvest where you have to pay upkeep, a harvest where you make lots of produce, but have nothing to do with it.
Health problems (including STIs) are frequent and birth rates are high, so you have to struggle to keep your family neither too big to feed or too small to work.

I think there's definitely a good game in that.
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Another possibility is retheming slightly Pocket Civ since this was originally mostly a pen and paper game with some cards.

 
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My first thought while reading this was that it should be less of a competitive game and more of a co-op. Perhaps a worker placement co-op where people have to agree one what they place the workers on?
 
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Is this a game for boardgamers outside Burkina Faso to play, or do you hope to use it to teach the people there useful life lessons through playing the game?

 
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"And wrapped it around the Antho-space / From the Eye of the U on out / Displacement is never felt / If that's where you're at, uh, / It looks like that's that" -- Ed Dorn
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I think you should consider reading some books or articles on critical ethnographic methodology and try incorporating it into a board game...cooperative, or storytelling. It would be an interesting experiment.
 
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