Departments of Zou, Collines, Ouémé, Plateau, Atlantique, Littoral, Mono, Atacora and Couffo


Benin has more than 10 million inhabitants. With a Human Development Index well below average, Benin is considered a very underdeveloped country.

On the political level, great effort must still be made to enable the exercise of freedoms and to build a democratic society. The poverty rate is rising, and the most affected zones are in rural areas. As for the economy, Benin has finally decided to implement the Uniform Act of OHADA (Organisation for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa), relating to cooperatives. This Act, technically in force since May 2013, should have significant repercussions on the organization and structure of cooperative groups supported by our program.

Indicators BENIN Belgium
Population (thousands) 10 160 556 11 203 992
Surface area (km2) 114 763 30 528
Density (people/km2) 88,54 367
Infant mortality (per 1,000 live deaths) 57,09 4,18
Life expectancy (in years) 59 81
Human Development Index (HDI) out of 100 47,6 88,1
Number of doctors (per 1,000 people) 0,06 4,2
Literacy rate (%) 41 99
GDP per capita (PPP – $) 1 793 40 760

Food and Economic Security

securite_red_rondThe areas of Benin where Louvain Coopération works are amongst the most affected by food insecurity. In these regions, food shortages can last from 4 to 6 months. Our projects strive to fight against this situation of insecurity. Their goal is to free families in the Atacora and Mono departments from hunger, in a sustainable way. Therefore, Louvain Coopération encourages and supports producers’ cooperatives and teaches populations to read and write. Easier access to credit helps small entrepreneurs to set up on their own. In terms of farming, Louvain Coopération works to improve cassava cultivation, as producers do not yet know how to properly process and commercialize cassava.

Key figures
  • There has been an increase of 22% in food availability
  • The NGO has supported 3,541 producers, of which 75% are women, from 195 organizations
  • It has also supported and strengthened 195 Professional Agricultural Organizations
  • 911 malnourished children have been looked after
Partner in the South
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Healthcare and Access to Healthcare

soin_red_rondsecurite_red_rondIn the Atacora and Mono regions, infant and maternal mortality rates are alarming. These regions face numerous problems relating to the quality of medical care, staff numbers and management, and medical infrastructure.

Moreover, as most of the population in these regions suffers from extreme poverty, the inhabitants are unable to afford healthcare without threatening their food security and their future. Access to drinkable water is also difficult for most people.

Louvain Coopération makes healthcare accessible so that populations can receive adequate treatment as quickly as possible. That is why the NGO creates community health insurances and strives to increase the number of members. It also tries to improve the quality of the insurance organizations to offer members a professional, high-quality service. At the same time, experts provide training to improve the quality of healthcare services.

Key figures
  • 6,026 people now benefit from health insurance supported by Louvain Coopération
  • The insurance union MIVO was created and comprises 12 community health insurances, with two supported by Louvain Coopération
  • 15,000 people are covered by one of the MIVO community health insurances; 11,577 of these are covered by the two funds created and supported by Louvain Coopération
  • The latency period has dropped to 2 days for insurance members, compared to 14 for non-members
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