Benin is a West African country of 10 million inhabitants, divided into more than 40 ethnic groups.  45% of the population lives in rural areas, with a high concentration in the south of the country. Agriculture is the main economic activity, in particular the cultivation of cotton.  Benin is one of the least developed countries and ranks 163rd on the Human development index. From a political point of view, the situation has remained relatively stable since the first presidential elections in 1991.

Acceso a saneamiento

Our ambition in Benin

Emphasis is being given to the sustainable management of drinking water systems, sanitation facilities and irrigation infrastructure. Strengthening municipalities and civil society is essential. Social marketing remains an approach to promote the installation and use of latrines among families. More attention will be paid to waste management in the effort to improve hygiene conditions..

Our activities in Benin

Together with 6 municipalities in the Mono-Couffo region, Join For Water wants to achieve better management of the public water and sanitation service, until the national government achieves its ambitions and takes over the management of the drinking water sector. Each municipality will receive assistance based on its priorities.

As part of a food security programme, Join For Water focuses on drinking water and water for horticultural activities in 4 northern municipalities. In order to be able to cultivate more land during the dry season, Join For Water, in collaboration with all those involved, is looking for more efficient irrigation methods. . 

In 5 municipalities in the departments of Mono, Couffo and Collines, Join For Water focuses on sanitation. Social marketing around two existing sanimarkets and two new sanimarkets to be constructed will play a major role in this respect. 

Waste management is high on the agenda in the urbanized centre of the municipality of Dogbo, in the department of Couffo. There is much work to be done to raise awareness and encourage action among individuals, families and the municipality itself.  Much effort is being made to raise awareness, so that the population itself can build and use latrines. 

In the coastal zone of Ouémé, Join For Water will work for the first time with a programme to preserve the ecosystem and develop economic activities around the water hyacinth and other natural resources. By developing an alternative and sustainable economic activity, the population will be better equipped to cope with the consequences of climate change.

Our partners in Benin

  • Antea Group Belgium
  • Croix Rouge de la Belgique
  • Enabel
  • Municipality of Athiémé
  • Municipality of Bopa
  • Municipality of Boukombé
  • Municipality of Cobly
  • Municipality of Dogbo
  • Municipality of Lalo
  • Municipality of Lokossa
  • Municipality of Matéri
  • Municipality of Tanguiéta
  • Municipality of Toviklin
  • Green Keeper Africa
  • Iles de Paix
  • Louvain Coopération
  • PNE - Partenariat National de l’Eau
  • Plan International
  • Postgraduaat Duurzame Ontwikkeling Howest/Vives
  • City of Roeselare
  • URCooPMa - Union Régionale des Coopératives de producteurs Maraîchers
  • Valdera

Financing and support

  • Embassy of the Netherlands via SNV
  • Fonds belge pour la Sécurité alimentaire
  • DGD - Directorate-general Development Cooperation
  • Provincia de Brabante Flamenco
  • Provincia de Flandes occidental
  • Gobierno flamenco, De Watergroep y IMDC a través de VPWvO
  • Ghent Dredging
  • Nature Solutions
  • Elisabeth y Amélie Fund a través de KBS
  • Fundación Gillès