During the year 2016 BØRNEfonden program in Togo, in order to contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, implemented various activities in the framework of the four key intervention areas:  Children and development, Health, Education and Income generating activity. Diverse achievements came out from this activities implementation.


Some of our achievements in 2016:

  • In 29 cantons, the quality of the birth registration services was improved. The actions reached 6 300 parents and community leaders, including 1 293 women, and allowed the issuance of 3 588 birth certificates
  • Community actors (100 health workers including 41 women, 69 community health workers including 9 women, 3 369 registrars including 1 018 women, 2 750 children and youth including 1 356 girls, 25 community/local NGOs) were sensitized on the importance of having a quality birth certificate. And most people now control the quality and conformity of issued birth certificates
  • To combat violence against children, 15 community forums, 42 mass sensitizations, 11 training sessions have been organized by the communities to discuss about child protection issues. A total of 8 223 people, including 4 221 women, were mobilized and sensitized
  • In order to contribute to the reduction of infant mortality, 31 community health workers, 4 head nurses and 2 BØRNEfonden staff members have been trained on the Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illness in four health centres. The trained people committed to apply the new approach. The intervention approach based on the recovery of the costs of the products distributed by the community health workers, in contrary to the usual approach of subsidy with lost funds, is being tested in the district of Vo
  • About 35 000 people including 5 200 school children, live in 10 Open Defecation Free  cantons where 5 908 family latrines and 44 cabins of 23 school & public latrines have been built and are being used  thanks to BØRNEfonden actions
  • 12 716 enrolled children, including more than 5 426 girls, have benefited from a complete school kit or apprenticeship facilities enabling them to start or continue their education without any worry
  • 35 classrooms have been constructed while 11 ones have been restored to improve schools infrastructures that helped about 3680 students to sit and have classes
  • 121 Saving Groups composed of 2 606 members, including 2 103 women (80.7 %), managed during 2016 to mobilize savings of 63 725 585 FCFA or about 724 155 DKK including 3 009 110 FCFA or 34 195 DKK as social fund. That contributed to make them have access to loans to improve their income generating activities, take their family health and children school in charge
  • 133 women and 163 men got trained in technical/vocational or business/entrepreneurship for better management; and 30 of them got a government funding for their business plans
  • BØRNEfonden Togo continued our partnership work with 7 local NGO’s and Civil Society Organizations and focused during 2016 on community accountability in 14 cantons.  In 7 cantons, the Cantonal Development Committee successfully tested simple procurement procedures when purchasing equipment for the communities. This proves that a community which is well supported or reinforced, can take in charge its development process.   


About BØRNEfonden 


BØRNEfonden is an independent development organization funded by private sponsorships and business partnerships. Together, we assist more than 67.000 children and youth in creating their own future in Togo, Mali, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso and Benin. BØRNEfonden was founded in 1972 and have since grown to become Denmark’s largest development organization measured in private funds. 



• BØRNEfonden has an annual turnover of more than $35,5 million (USD) 

• We are focused on long-term development work and social sustainability through local partnerships and cooperation 

• We work in four key intervention areas: Education, children’s health, income generating activities and children and development


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4 examples of projects 


The Turing Project is being implemented in Haho prefecture by BØRNEfonden Togo in partnership with the Regional Chamber of trades of the Plateaux Region. It aims to improve in a sustainable way the learning conditions and the employability of young people in the crafts sector of Haho prefecture.
Through this project, the practical training of young apprentices is complemented by entrepreneurship and functional literacy courses.


In addition, the project facilitates access to the financing of the business plan of youth and the self-organization of young people who are ready to be employed or are self-employed, which will result in the fight against unemployment and poverty reduction.
The project directly affects 150 young apprentices at the end of apprenticeship or who ended it, and 45 bosses of workshops who have received intensive support, and thus serving as models and broadcasters to their peers.



Three young bakery apprentices baking bread




The second phase of the project "EDUCATION WITHOUT VIOLENCE IN TOGO" is jointly implemented by BØRNEfonden Togo and the "Togolese National Coalition of Education for All" with the funding of CISU. This project aims to eliminate all forms of violence against children and youngsters in their education from May 2015 to April 2018.  


The capacities strengthening of actors, the peer education, the partnership and the advocacy enabled to have functioning mechanisms both in schools and communities for the protection of children and youngsters for a significant reduction of violence. Another important output is the integration of a teaching unit on "ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENT METHODS IN EDUCATION" within the programs of the main institutes in charge of teachers’ training of secondary schools in Togo.


Educational talk during a free hour in a class in a junior secondary school

UNICEF PROJECT ON CLTS (Community Led Total Sanitation)

Thanks to funding from the Global Fund for Sanitation (GSF), the Community-Led total Sanitation (CLTS) project has been implemented in 13 cantons of Doufelgou and Bassar Prefectures.
This phase aimed at the achievement, in a comprehensive manner, of the state of Open Defecation Free (ODF) in the cantons concerned by end of December 2016. The results obtained are:

  • Altogether 31 staffs of BØRNEfonden, 4 national volunteers and 132 teachers have been strengthened on CLTS and participated actively in the process of achieving the Open Defecation Free (ODF) in their respective environments.
  • About 35,000 people live in ODF communities where 3376 family latrines were built.
  • Altogether 10 cantons have put an end to the Open Defecation out of which the canton of Tenega in Doufelgou prefecture who has been certified on the 2nd of June 2016 by the Minister of health and Social Promotion, as first ODF canton in Togo.


Visit of the Minister of health and the resident representative of UNICEF in the first ODF canton in Togo (Ténéga) obtained by BØRNEfonden after the outbreak of this community.



The project « Right of children to an identity » aims to make the right of children to an identity a well-known and integrated right in the behaviours of all populations of 35 cantons and cities in the prefectures of Bassar, Doufelgou and Haho.


From the capacities strengthening of 2276 people including 668 women to the activities of information, education and communication for the change of behaviours and the quality registration of births for the actors implicated in the entire chain of births’ registration, the outcomes are tangible at the end of the second year of implementation: a high and constant mobilisation of right holders and duties bearers for a quality births’ registration, the establishment of 26 cantonal/communal committees of the awakening of consciousness, the bringing of civil registration services closer to the populations by going from 62 to 88 civil registration secondary centres, a better collaboration between the actors of the chain of births’ registration, a high sense of commitment of local, prefectoral and national authorities to reverse trends in order to improve the offerings. The way is thus marked out for advocacy actions.


Awareness session of births registration with presentation of the register to the population.

















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