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Togo Great challenges and ambitious goals
Togo is one of the poorest countries in the world. On the current United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) it is ranked 162nd out of 191 countries. In its “Vision Togo 2030”, the government has laid down the ambitious goal of becoming a middle-income country by 2030. In the past few years, it has undertaken major reform efforts. In 2018, Togo was accepted into the G20 Compact with Africa initiative. The initiative was launched in 2017 under Germany's G20 Presidency. It seeks to foster private investment in Africa.
Support for the government's reform course
So far, the reforms that have been launched have not yet had a far-reaching impact on people's daily lives. Poverty, unemployment and shortage of skilled labour are widespread. Corruption and internal tensions are obstacles for the country's political, economic and social development. Germany wants to support the course of reform on which Togo has embarked. To that end, it agreed a reform partnership with the country in May 2021.
More information on the German-Togolese Reform Partnership can be found below
German development cooperation with Togo
In 1993, Germany stopped its development cooperation with Togo, and there was no programme of cooperation for almost 20 years. Development cooperation was only resumed in 2012, after the country had made demonstrable progress in the fields of democracy, rule of law and human rights. Germany is currently Togo's largest bilateral donor.
Its most recent commitment for development cooperation, which was made at the government negotiations in May 2021 and during a visit of the then Minister Müller to Togo in June 2021, amounted to 100 million euros. It may be possible for Germany to commit another 42.9 million euros at a later point.
As part of the BMZ 2030 reform process, the programme of Togolese-German development cooperation was restructured. In the future, it will focus on the following core areas:
- Training and sustainable growth for decent jobs
(Areas of intervention: technical and vocational education and training, private sector and financial sector development)
- A world without hunger
(Areas of intervention: food security, rural development, agriculture)
- Peaceful and inclusive societies
(Area of intervention: good governance)
The BMZ also assists Togo in its efforts to strengthen its health system, especially with regard to maternal and child health and family planning, and in its efforts to establish decentralised, climate-friendly energy systems in rural areas.
Emergency COVID-19 Support Programme
The BMZ is also providing assistance to Togo's efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, Financial Cooperation funding has been reallocated and additional resources have been provided for a GIZ health project. In addition, in-kind contributions have been provided, for instance laboratory equipment and ventilators. In the Kara Region, a pandemic action plan was implemented and an isolation centre was set up with German support.
Reform partnership with Togo
In November 2020, the BMZ entered into negotiations with Togo on a reform partnership. The partnership is intended to foster sustainable economic development and contribute towards stability and political participation in the West African country.
The two sides agreed that the partnership should focus on the area of intervention of “Good governance” and on the core area of “Training and sustainable growth for decent jobs”. There will be close cooperation with other donors, especially the European Union.
Through reform partnerships, the German Development Ministry supports reform-minded countries in fostering private-sector involvement so as to create more jobs. In this way, the BMZ is putting the Marshall Plan with Africa and the G20 Compact with Africa initiative into action. Reform partnerships are based on a “more for more” principle: commitments and disbursements are usually tied to the implementation of specific reforms.