Steps in the direction of democracy and a constitutional state
The development cooperation with Togo was suspended for nearly 20 years due to massive human rights violations, but was resumed in 2012, thus showing the international community's appreciation of the country's steps in the direction of democracy and constitutional state. Peaceful and internationally recognised parliamentary elections were held in July 2013 and presidential elections in April 2015.
The objective is now to continue to drive the development of Togo, one of the poorest countries in the world, forward: two out of five Togolese live on less than USD 1.25 a day, a third of the population lacks access to clean drinking water and a quarter of all children under the age of five are malnourished. Eighty percent of the people live off farming, thus the economy is heavily dependent on agricultural products and lacks diversification. In order to support Togo in facing these challenges, KfW is promoting mainly programmes aimed at decentralisation, rural development and vocational education as well as at energy and health.