The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been supporting sustainable development in Benin for around 35 years. Its main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development(BMZ).
GIZ operates in more than 10 locations throughout Benin. Since 1992, these activities have been managed centrally from GIZ’s office in Cotonou. Around 235 staff, including more than 180 national personnel, 31 seconded experts, 24 development workers and four integrated experts, are working to ensure the success of the projects and programmes in Benin.
Despite maintaining stable macroeconomic growth since the early 1990s, Benin is still one of the world’s poorest countries.
Most of the country’s workforce is employed in agriculture, the dominant sector in Benin’s economy. It accounts for more than 75 per cent of all exports, but its productivity is too low to meet the food needs of the country’s steadily growing population. Although decentralisation and municipal development in Benin are progressing, public sector reforms, the privatisation of state-owned companies and private sector development are proceeding very slowly. The lack of a nationwide electricity supply is hampering economic development. Around 70 per cent of Benin’s population has access to clean water, and just 46 per cent has access to proper sanitation.
GIZ focuses its work on three priority areas in Benin:
- decentralisation and municipal development (good governance)
- agriculture and adaptation to climate change
- rural/urban water supply and sanitation, and integrated management of water resources
Other fields of activity include supporting Benin’s Development Ministry in implementing the national poverty reduction strategy, and building the capacities of the Ministry of Preschool and Primary Education and the education authorities to improve learning opportunities for the country’s young people. GIZ participates in a regional programme to expand the West African electricity market and provides funding to supply rural areas with electricity from renewable sources under the Energising Development initiative. Under a regional programme implemented by the Civil Peace Service (CPS), GIZ is helping to build better community relations between nomads and farmers. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), GIZ contributes to conservation measures in a transboundary biosphere reserve in the Mono Delta. GIZ’s country programme in Benin is involved in global projects under the BMZ special initiative ‘One World – No Hunger.
GIZ assists its partners at local, regional, national and international level to address strategic and conceptual issues and achieve their policy goals. All development measures in Benin are implemented in close cooperation with KfW Entwicklungsbank.
Projects and Programmes
Security, reconstruction and peace
Governance and democracy
Environment and climate change
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