Togo

Togo is a small West African State which saw a return to growth in 2008, following a protracted political crisis. The country is now a booming regional port platform, but still has challenges to address. From basic infrastructure to education, and including support for the job-creating private sector, AFD is assisting it on the path to inclusive growth.
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Village, Togo
AFD and Togo: consolidating growth and better sharing its benefits
Village, Togo

Developping basic services

Togo, waste processing

Developping basic services

Rapid urbanization exacerbates difficulties to access water and sanitation. Lomé, the capital, is hit by recurrent flooding. It suffers from a non-existent collective sanitation system and poor household waste management. The wet regions on the coastal strip, for their part, suffer from a poor upkeep and maintenance of lagoons. In the north of the country, which is drier, only 28% of the population has access to drinking water.

AFD supports projects for drinking water supply, stormwater drainage and solid waste management:

  • We are cofinancing, with the European Union, the construction of a landfill, and we are promoting the development of a 4th lake for stormwater drainage. It will protect 300,000 people from flooding and will provide them with healthier living conditions;
  • We are supporting two projects to improve the water supply in the city of Lomé with three objectives: improve the level of service of the water authority, rehabilitate damaged urban networks and increase the drinking water production capacity. The result: drinking water production has increased by some 30%. 
     

Strengthening the education system

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Strengthening the education system

AFD is a major and longstanding partner for education in Togo. Its successive projects promote school for all, especially for girls and in the rural areas of the country, as well as the decentralization of the decision-making centers of the education system. These efforts have borne fruit: the system benefits from better governance and the technical capacities of teachers have been strengthened. 

Today, we are continuing our support for Togo’s education system via three actions:

  • Working for quality basic education by supporting the high school reform and strengthening teacher training in teacher training institutes;
  • Developing vocational training in activities in industry through the creation and extension of a specialized training center, managed on the basis of a public-private partnership approach; 
  • Structuring and modernizing training in agricultural and rural activities by supporting all the training centers in the country. 
     

Developing the energy sector

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Developing the energy sector

Togo has called on the international community for its energy development. AFD has made a long-term commitment in the energy sector.

It is now focusing its support on:

  • A project to extend the power grid in Lomé, cofinanced with the European Union and KfW
  • A project under study concerning the development of the hydropower potential of the Sarakawa site.

Taking action as close as possible to communities

 laboratoire de santé au Togo

Taking action as close as possible to communities

Supporting rural territories 

AFD fights to preserve our habitat and improves the network of roads to facilitate access to farms, means of production and opportunities. The objective: 

  • Support the development of cotton, coffee and cocoa production areas.
  • Support the dynamics for soil conservation and management for sustainable family farming.
Strengthening the healthcare system

To address the high rate of maternal and neonatal mortality in Togo, AFD is working to improve access to obstetric and neonatal care and its quality, as well as family planning, in the Maritime and Plateaux regions. AFD is assisting the Ministry of Health and Social Protection by working on the refurbishment of facilities and training for health workers. 

Supporting civil society

AFD finances the projects of French CSOs in Togo whose projects aim to build the capacities of local civil society actors and assist vulnerable populations. The 25 ongoing projects financed mainly concern food security, health and the fight against AIDS, education and vocational training and microfinance. Some also concern human rights, the environment, governance, as well as water and sanitation.

161
million euros committed between 2008 and 2016
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18 ongoing projects

Togo is one of the smallest countries in West Africa and has 7.5 million inhabitants. While the coastal region and central highlands are densely populated and suffer from recurrent flooding, the North remains apart, is dry, underserved and underdeveloped.

Following a protracted political crisis, which lasted 15 years (1990-2005), the country saw a return to growth back in 2008, in particular thanks to help from donors.

Togo is a mainly rural country, with 65% of the working population employed in agriculture. It also relies heavily on its phosphate mines. The creation of a free zone at the Port of Lomé has turned this small State into a bustling port platform, which is very important for regional operators.

Togo now needs to face several challenges: while education has made significant strides, the population, which is very young, suffers from underemployment and unemployment. In addition, while poverty has declined, it still affects over 50% of Togo’s population.

AFD has been operating in Lomé since 1957. It initially focused its activity on the basic needs of populations: access to water and school. Togo is one of the priority poor countries for French aid and AFD is one of the only donors to have remained in the country during the crisis. Since 2010, AFD has extended its scope of action and has implemented activities in the private sector, with the aim of boosting growth and employment, and in energy. It operates via grants, guarantees to facilitate access to financing (ARIZ), loans to banks and companies and, since 2017, via loans to the Togolese State.

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