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
Women march to end gender-based violence in Ouémé, Benin
The Ambassadors’ Girls’ Scholarship Program helps students like Rachida go to school.
Benin is a stable and peaceful country that has maintained more than two decades of democratic governance, with the 2011 presidential elections marking the fifth peaceful turnover of power since democracy was reestablished in the early 1990s. The country’s refurbished port, increased investments in infrastructure, and sustained economic growth rate of around 5.5% underscore Benin’s 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 165 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index, and more than a third of the population lives in poverty with nearly half of all Beninese children under five years old being stunted due to malnutrition. Regional disparities also remain a challenge, as does worrying levels of corruption that impede the flow of services to citizens. USAID/Benin initiated its assistance programs in 1991 and has invested over half a billion dollars in the areas of health, education, economic growth, and democratic governance.
Last updated: May 19, 2016