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Togo: Case Study

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Kathryn Henshaw

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Kathryn Henshaw and Sam Moor
Togo: Case Study

Population Data
Both indigenous and modernized
Type of Gov't: Republic
Politics in Togo
"The fourth Republic"

Pol. Rights Score: 5
Civil Rights Score: 4

Freedom Index: partially free
Press Freedom: not free

Corruption Perception Index:
3.0 // World Rank:128
Currency: West African CFP Franc.

GDP (ppp): $6.87 billion
World Rank: 161
GDP (ppp) per capita: $1100
World Rank: 213
HDI status: low (0.473)
World Rank: 166

Agricultural 65%
Industrial 5%
Services 30%

Unemployment 6.8%
Percent Below Poverty 32%

Happy Planet Index: 28.2
World Rank: 141
Located in the Gulf of Guinea
Region: small, sub-Saharan
Area: 21,025 square miles
Climate: tropical
Hot/humid in south
Semi-arid in north
Arable Land: 44.2%

Capital City: Lome

Top 3 Cities:
1. Lome
2. Dapaon
3. Mango
Population: 7,351,374
Density: 110.83
Migration Rate: -15.4%
Growth Rate: 2.71%
CBR: 34.62/1000
TFR: 4.53
IMR: 46.73/1000
CDR: 7.43/1000
Percent Urbanized: 38%
Life Expectancy:
64.06 years // Rank 156
AIDS rate:
2.9% // Rank 40
GDI: 0.49 // Rank 134
GEM: no data
Literacy Rate:
Health Issues: Degree of major infectious diseases is very high
Lome, Togo
Capital City
Data and Facts:
Legal system: French-based
"A political opposition leader said that dozens of people had been injured and others arrested in three days of protests over electoral changes that the opposition says favor the governing party’s candidates." -NYT June 2012
Togo: In the News
Headline: Protestors Clash with Police
Historical Influences: various tribes from Ghana and Nigeria settled in Togo.
Customs & Traditions: Togo 10 day fighting festival where best sportsmen from all over the country come to fight in one arena
Food: Prominently French and German food is served because Germany ruled over the people for some time.
Popular foods: fufu and patos
Family: patriarchal- women take care of domestic duties
Clothing: people in south wear traditional tribal clothing and people in north wear European clothing.
Housing: German influences; many churches/ cathedrals
Recreation: Dancing, picnics, walks, watching sports games
Additional: People do not often travel to other countries unless it is necessary.
39 total languages
Official language is French
Two major indigenous languages are "Ewe" and "Kabiye"
50% Christian
10% Muslim
40% Indigenous relgion
99% Native African
1% German and French colonials
Current Events
Togo has been criticized for its human rights record and political enviromnent in recent years.

According to a U.S. State Department report based on conditions in 2010, they include “security force use of excessive force, including torture, which resulted in deaths and injuries; official impunity; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrests and detention; lengthy pretrial detention; executive influence over the judiciary; infringement of citizens' privacy rights; restrictions on freedoms of press, assembly, and movement;
official corruption; discrimination and violence against women; child abuse, including female genital mutilation (FGM), and sexual exploitation of children;
regional and ethnic discrimination; trafficking in persons, especially women and children; societal discrimination against persons with disabilities; official and societal discrimination against homosexual persons; societal discrimination against persons with HIV; and forced labor, including by children.”
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