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Benin Institutional Diagnostic

Leadership Team:

  • François Bourguignon, Romain Houssa, Jean-Philippe Platteau and Paul Reding

Countries:

  • Benin

Project summary

Benin is one of the focus countries for our studies to develop an institutional diagnostic tool.

There are four stages to our approach for this research.

  • Stage 1: Identification and justification of institutional areas
  • Stage 2: Deep-dive thematic studies into key restrictive institutional areas
  • Stage 3: Integration of findings and proposals for potential institutional reforms
  • Stage 4: Dissemination of findings

The research team includes François Bourguignon, Romain Houssa, Jean-Philippe Platteau and Paul Reding. General project management is provided by Tatiana Goetghebuer (Aide á la Décision Economique, ADE)

Table of contents of the Benin Institutional Diagnostic

PART 1. General approach to the diagnostic

PART 2. Thematic studies

PART 3. Synthesis

Project updates

August 2019 – The full report arising from the Benin Institutional Diagnostic study is published to provide policymakers in Benin with a comprehensive analysis aimed at identifying and alleviating institutional obstacles to faster sustainable and inclusive development. The report also provides new insights and material for the development of a country institutional diagnostic framework of more general application. All the chapters from this report are linked above.

March 2019 – A successful workshop on the thematic studies was held on 22 and 23 March 2019. The event provided an opportunity for insightful discussions between top national and international  academics and policy makers. Key institutional issues for Benin sustainable development were discussed, including: Business & Politics; Benin-Nigeria special relationship; The dominant role of cotton sector; Tax effort and domestic resource mobilization; Challenges in regulating land rights.

Benin Thematic Studies Workshop – March 2019 (photo by Benjamin Klooss)
Benin Thematic Studies Workshop – March 2019 (photo by Benjamin Klooss)
Benin Thematic Studies Workshop – March 2019 (photo by Benjamin Klooss)
Benin Thematic Studies Workshop – March 2019 (photo by Benjamin Klooss)

November 2018 – The comprehensive analysis to contribute to an institutional diagnostic of Benin is underway. Stage 1 of the approach has been completed and a first assessment of institutional constraints (chapter 1) is available for download. The survey analysis has been completed and insights will be published soon.

November 2017 – we held a workshop in Cotonou, Benin, to bring together the key researchers and prepare our surveys for interviewees and other stakeholders.

Benin Institutional Diagnostic – survey preparation (Cotonou, November 2017)
Benin Institutional Diagnostic – survey preparation (Cotonou, November 2017)
Benin Institutional Diagnostic – survey preparation (Cotonou, November 2017)

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