Economic activities in Benin. Photo:
Benin boys. Photo: Thierry Hanset/Flickr
Portrait of mother and daughter. Photo: Sergio Pessolano/Flickr

Benin is part of The Evidence Leaders in Africa (ELA) project that AFIDEP is implementing in collaboration with the African Academy for Sciences (AAS).ELA project will empower AAS’ scholars to proactively engage governments to use science and innovation and champion institutionalisation of evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in East and West Africa.The project will work to increase the number of academic leaders championing EIDM in Africa; increase the number of government agencies in East and West Africa taking specific actions to institutionalise evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) and; expand evidence and space for EIDM learning in Africa.

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Key Details

Population Indicators

  • Total Population (millions): 11.5 (HDR 2019)
  • Population ages 15- 64 (of total ppn-millions): 6.2 (HDR 2019)
  • Population under age 15 (% of total ppn): 46% (PRB 2019)
  • Total Fertility Rate (TFR) (births per woman): 5.7 (PRB 2019)

Economic development

  • Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita (2011 PPP $): 2,152 (HDR 2019)
  • Poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of ppn): 40.1% (WB 2015)
  • Share of youth not in education, employment or training, total (% of youth ppn): 17.2% (WB 2011)

Health and well-being

  • Infant mortality rate (per 1000 live births): 63.5 (HDR 2019)
  • Government health expenditure (% of total): 3.9% (HDR 2019)

Education and skills development

  • Literacy rates, adult (%, ages 15 and older): 32.9% (HDR 2019)
  • Government expenditure on education (% of total): 4.0% (HDR 2019)

Environment and Climate

  • Agricultural land (% of land area): 33.3% (WB 2016)
  • Forest area (% of land area): 37.8% (WB 2016)
Sources:World Bank Reports (WB)UNDP Human Development Reports 2019 (HDR)Population Reference Bureau World Population Datasheet 2019 (PRB)

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