In the wake of seventeen years of military dictatorship, in 1989 Benin became the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to undergo a peaceful, self-determined transition to a pluralistic, democratic state. Since then the country has enjoyed the reputation as a leader in democratic transition, even if this positive image is not always compatible with developments in the country.

Without possessing any significant natural resources of its own, Benin is especially dependent on trade with its neighbours. In particular, re-exports to Nigeria play a crucial role in the economy. For this reason, Benin is one of the most active countries both in regional trade policy as well as negotiations with the EU.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) has been working in Benin since 1995. It supports further democratisation of the country by among other things fostering qualitative improvements in the media, trade unions and good governance. At the same time, issues involving economic policy play a particularly salient role.

In addition to this, the FES office in Benin coordinates cooperation between various trade union umbrella associations for the region of West Africa and addresses different aspects of trade policy. At the same time, the FES has been intensifying cooperation with the neighbouring country of Togo for several years, involving partners from the areas of media, civil society and trade unions in regional discussions.

Learn more about our work in Benin on the project's website.


Assouma, Kassim; Affodjou, David

Document de la politique de l'économie informelle au Bénin Février 2021

Cotonou, 2021

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Les effets de la COVID-19 à court, moyen et long terme sur les acteurs de l'informel

La vie a rude epreuve
Cotonou, 2021

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Communes frontalières du Bénin

La vie a rude epreuve
Cotonou, 2021

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Guide d'acceuil d'installation et d'assistance aux migrant.e.s en Republique du Benin

Cotonou, 2021

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Balaro, Grégoire; Dossou, Siméon Toundé

Etude de l'impact socio-economique de la COVID-19 dans les secteurs de l'UITA au Benin

Cotonou, 2021

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Department Africa

Contact in Germany

Anne Felmet

Hiroshimastr. 17
10785 Berlin

030-269 35-77 29

030-269 35-92 17


Contact in Benin

Benin Office

Dr. Iris Nothofer
08 B.P. 0620 Tri Postal
DY Cotonou

00229- 67 67 04 65

00229-21 30 32 27


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