Decentralisation and Local Governance Programme (ProDeGoL)

Like many other African states, the Republic of Togo embarked on a decentralisation process in the 1990ies. Decentralization is an important means to provide, among others, access to sufficient and high quality services to the population.

Despite huge enthusiasm and large support at the start, the reform has suffered loss of momentum in the years to follow. Government realized that creating decentralized authorities such as urban and rual municipalities would require considerable capacity building. Appointed mayors and council members who represent the population would need a clearer understanding of their roles and some technical guidance on how to manage a municipality. Central and decentralized administrations needed to develop new working relations.

Today, service delivery still is a pressing issue – in particular for women, youth and handicapped persons. The demand for local authorities’ transparency and accountability is high. In its recently adopted growth strategy, the Government of Togo has confirmed the importance of decentralization for the development of the country. Our support is a complement to this. Under the lead of the Ministry of Planning and Land Use Management,

  • participatory local development planning is put in practice

  • capacities and competencies of local administrations, in particular financial management, budgeting and planning, are strengthened

  • local authorities’ strive for transparency and accountability through civil society participation is in place as a cornerstone for good governance.

The programme's regional focus is on the three key regions of German bilateral cooperation, around the municipalities of Kpalimé, Sokodé und Tsévié.


Time span
2017 – 2018 (current phase)      

Commissioning body           
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Cooperation partner