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Togo - 2016: domestic policy, foreing affairs, and socio-economic development


  • Kohnert, Dirk


President Faure Gnassingbé acted throughout the year from a position of strength, given the divided and weakened opposition. Overdue political and institutional reforms and local elections were postponed indefinitely. The human rights situation improved slightly, but the regime continued to be describable as ‘authoritarian’. In view of the growing jihadi risk in the sub-region, the international donor community rewarded Togo’s apparent political stability as an anchor of security in West Africa with a substantial increase in development aid. With promising growth prospects, low inflation and an absence of major external shocks, the government was able to improve the macroeconomic situation.

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  • Kohnert, Dirk, 2017. "Togo - 2016: domestic policy, foreing affairs, and socio-economic development," MPRA Paper 77799, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 21 Mar 2017.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:77799

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    country study; Togo; West Africa;

    JEL classification:

    • F50 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - General
    • N97 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Africa; Oceania
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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