- RURAL DEVELOPMENT
- GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY
- ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT
The Togolese Republic is once again one of Germany’s partner countries following the resumption of development cooperation in 2012. Previously, cooperation had been suspended since the 1990s. GIZ began work and opened an office in the capital, Lomé, in early 2013, and is currently working in six additional locations. Currently 186 national and 22 international employees and 16 development workers are working in the country (as of 31.12.2018).
Annual per capita income in Togo is less than USD 1,000, ranking Togo 165th out of 189 countries on the Human Development Index published by the United Nations (2017), with around 50 per cent of the eight million people in Togo living in absolute poverty. Income inequality is increasing and around one third of the country’s young people are jobless.
Agriculture and the service sector are the backbone of the economy. More than 60 per cent of Togo’s people are employed in small-scale farming. There is major potential for growth in the export of coffee, cocoa and cotton. Togo is expected to achieve economic growth of around 5 per cent in the coming years. Among other factors, this positive forecast is based on the existence of an expanded deep sea port – the only one in the region – and the extension of Lomé airport. Togo is one of West Africa’s major cargo shipment hubs.
The following priority areas for cooperation have been agreed between Germany and Togo:
- rural development and agriculture
- vocational education and training and youth employment
- good governance and decentralisation.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in cooperation with KfW Development Bank, GIZ is implementing one programme in each priority area in Togo, with a particular focus on six medium-sized cities that have development potential. In the area of rural development and agriculture, GIZ supports small farmers by offering intensive training courses, for example. In order to reduce youth unemployment, GIZ is developing curricula for vocational schools and is strengthening the Togolese vocational education and training system. A project on good governance promotes decentralisation and the improvement of municipal services.
Since 2017, GIZ has also been advising the Togolese Government on behalf of BMZ on strengthening the health system. Topics include sexual health and rights as well as family planning (reproductive health). A further project promotes decentralised, climate-friendly energy provision and strengthens state and civil society stakeholders in areas such as renewable energy.
Other projects comprise cross-border projects on agribusiness and the food industry, as well as a programme on sustainable forestry and reforestation. GIZ is also active in Togo in the scope of its Sport for Development in Africa Regional Programme and promotes social and political participation in the country through sport. Finally, GIZ works on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) on transboundary biodiversity in the Mono river delta.