Togo and UNDP join forces to launch development assistance program

Feb 23, 2016

Helen Clark and President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo. Photo: UNDP

Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé, welcomed the creation of the Community Development Emergency Programme  (PUDC) by Togo and exchanged documents to formalize the launch of this initiative.

 As stated by Helen Clark: “UNDP is happy to support Togo’s PUDC, which is a positive step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.

With a total value estimated at 258 million dollars over three years, of which 30 million is for 2016 alone, PUDC provides, among other things, assistance to rural and vulnerable populations who make up nearly 62 per cent of the population of Togo.

 “PUDC delivers on the promises made to the people of Togo to meet their basic needs," said President Gnassingbé, who is in New York to attend a high-level meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, 24 February during the 50th Anniversary of UNDP.

Ms. Clark and President Gnassingbé met following the signing of the formal agreement in Lomé between Adji Oteth Ayassor, Minister of Economy and Finance of Togo, and Khardiata Lo N’diaye, UNDP Resident Representative in Togo.

With the support of UNDP, PUDC will be implemented over the 2016-2018 period and will target rural and semi-urban vulnerable populations. It plans to improve the basic social services and to involve communities in the economic and social development of their locality. PUDC has four major components, including the development of basic socio-economic infrastructures, the strengthening of the institutional capacities of national and local actors, the development of rural entrepreneurship, and the setting up of a GPS system of infrastructures.

 “Togo has made considerable effort towards attaining a significant level of economic growth of around 5 to 6 per cent. But despite this growth rate, social sectors have been relatively underprivileged, and on the field there are areas and categories of populations that have not at all benefitted from this growth," explained Khardiata Lo N’diaye.

As an indication of the Government’s interest in this initiative, several ministers and experts have travelled throughout the country to inquire about the opinions and needs of local communities.

Drawing on the major points of Togo’s Strategy for Boosting Growth and Promoting Employment (SCAPE), PUDC plans to build at least 1,600 classrooms per year, continue electrification of the rural communities in all the canton capitals and build 5,000 social housing units per year between 2015 and 2020.

The programme will also promote better access to health care in disadvantaged communities by strengthening infrastructure and equipment.

Along the same lines, the Government intends to scale up the programme of monetary transfers to women who are at least three months’ pregnant, to mothers and guardians of children aged 0 to 24 months, as well as to mothers and guardians of children 24 to 59 months suffering from severe and acute malnutrition. Similarly, income-generating activities will be developed by community associations or women’s and youth groups in the target areas.

Contact information

In Lomé: Emile Kenkou: emile.kenkou@undp.org

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