Market in Togo

Priority area Good governance/decentralisation Improved infrastructure and services at the local level

In the early 1990s, the Government of Togo launched a process of decentralisation. However, the process then stalled. Since 2016, it has gathered momentum again. The government has adopted a decentralisation roadmap, reformed administrative structures and created new municipalities.

Local elections, which had been postponed several times, took place in June 2019 – for the first time since 1987. However, local authorities still lack the trained personnel and financial resources to fulfil their new role. German support is geared towards improving the provision of basic economic infrastructure and public services and enhancing popular participation in politics at the local level.

More revenue and investment

Support is being provided, as a first step, to local authorities in six pilot municipalities to help them increase their revenues and improve the responsiveness of their services to citizens' needs. Among other things, local development plans are being drafted, tax registers are being set up, citizens' affairs offices are being established to provide services to local people, and training is being provided to municipal workers. Efforts are also under way to modernise the civil registration system. There are campaigns to educate the public about the importance of birth certificates for children's access to school.

The pilot municipalities have already succeeded in increasing their revenue by up to 45 per cent and raising public investment by 23 per cent. Since 2017, cofinancing from the EU has made it possible to expand the programme to all five regions of Togo.

Local infrastructure development

In parallel, the German government has been funding the development of local infrastructure through KfW Development Bank. Support is being provided, in particular, for the construction of markets in medium-sized towns, as markets play an important role for local and regional economies. People can use their mobile phones to take part in the planning and monitoring of programme activities.

The BMZ has also announced that it will provide additional support for the construction of town halls in the newly created municipalities.