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

Kohnert, Dirk (2017): Togo - 2016: domestic policy, foreing affairs, and socio-economic development. Forthcoming in: Africa Yearbook , Vol. 13, (16 October 2017)

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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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