Results around the world – Benin

Benin is one of the least developed countries in the world. Its high population growth had impeded the reduction of poverty in the country. Benin ranked 167th out of 188 countries on the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) 2016 Human Development Index, and 144th out of 159 countries on the UNDP’s 2015 Gender Inequality Index. Nearly half of the population lives on less than US$1.25 per day. However, significant progress has been made in terms of education, the fight against HIV/AIDS, the reduction of child mortality among children under five, and the improvement of access to safe drinking water. Benin’s economy has also experienced relatively stable growth rates in the past few years.

Despite the fact that gender equality is written into the constitution and the government promotes gender equality, discriminatory cultural practices persist and deprive Beninese women of their rights. For example, the majority of Beninese women living in a relationship (whether married or common-law) cannot make their own decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Women’s political representation is also very low.

Canada’s development assistance in Benin supports the Programme d’actions du gouvernement(PAG) 2016-2021. One of the three key pillars of the PAG is improving people’s living conditions, which is in line with Canada’s programs that target the following action areas:

In addition, Canada contributed to nutrition and health priorities by supporting multilateral organizations, including the Scaling Up Nutrition, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and GAVI – The Vaccine Alliance.

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