Women march to end gender-based violence in Ouémé, Benin
The Ambassadors’ Girls’ Scholarship Program helps students like Rachida go to school.
Community health workers educate communities how to use bednets to prevent malaria
USAID supports efforts to rescue children who have fallen prey to human traffickers
Benin is a stable and peaceful country that has maintained more than two decades of democratic governance. The country’s refurbished port, increased investments in infrastructure, and sustained economic growth rate of around 5.5% underscore its potential to move in the right direction. However, the country continues to face many of the same challenges related to endemic poverty that affects countries in the region. Benin ranks 166 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index, and more than a third of the population lives in poverty. Nearly half of all Beninese children under five years old are stunted due to malnutrition. Regional disparities also remain a challenge, as does worrying levels of corruption that impede the flow of services to citizens.
Last updated: November 29, 2016