Togo

Decentralisation and Local Governance Programme (ProDeG)


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

When the reform suffered loss of momentum in the years to follow, German technical cooperation stepped in aiding the Government with capacity building for decentralized authorities such as urban and rual municipalities. Appointed mayors and council members 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. Decentralized citizen-centred services and municipal capacities are to be strenghthened and greater involvement of the private sector is to be endorsed. Appropriate transfer mechanisms and a functioning tax administration are needed to promote local revenues.

The project, under the lead of the Ministry of Planning and Land Use Management, aims to improve the framework conditions for decentralization at the national and subnational levels. ECO Consult and IRAM cover field of action 3: Advice on the structuring of fiscal decentralization.

  • Elaboration of a concept of reforms for the sustainable financing of local and regional authorities in accordance with the directives of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU);

  • Increase municipalities' revenues so they can fulfil the tasks delegated by decentralisation;

  • Improvement of budgetary planning processes and internal and external control of budget implementation;

  • Creation of organizational and individual conditions for the transfer of finances and competences at the municipal and prefectural levels;

  • Development and updating of the existing approach in order to strengthen the technical capacities of the staff of the Ministry of Finance, its associated and subordinate agencies and the financial services of the 6 municipalities supported by the project;

  • Contributions to exchanges of technical experience and coordination with other technical and financial partners.

The programme operates in the three key regions of German bilateral cooperation, around the municipalities of Kpalimé, Sokodé und Tsévié.

 

Time span
2018 – 2020 (current phase)      

Commissioning body           
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Cooperation partner
IRAM