National partner profile: Togo



The key purpose of the Association des Jeunes pour un Développement Durable (Youth Association for Sustainable Development - AJDD) is to contribute to sustainable human development. Their focus is on fighting poverty and homelessness and promoting gender equality, active citizenship, peaceful coexistence, environmental protection, and education. They organise different cultural, sporting, and educational activities that promote friendship among children, youth, and adults, help integrate homeless people, refugees, and ethnic minorities, and promote human rights, democracy, and peace. They’re one of the Homeless World Cup’s newest National Partners.

AJDD was established in 2005 and in 2008, it became officially registered with the Togo Ministry of Territorial Administration, Decentralisation, and Local Authorities. They cooperate with the local police, especially in the projects tackling children and youth abuse. Their mission extends to connecting different social actors (such as law enforcement authorities, security units, and ordinary citizens) in order to achieve more peaceful social climate in Togo. Their projects are funded through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

Besides access to formal education, they also provide health and civic education. AJDD further organises vocational trainings and life skills trainings, such as sewing, hairdressing, computer and information technology skills, and taxi driving. They have organised a tournament for the International Day for Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children and the Cup of Nonviolence in Sokodé. In 2014, AJDD organised the Sokode District Four tournament for refugees from Nigeria and Ivory Coast.

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Mission statement


The mission of the Association des Jeunes pour un Développement Durable is to help contribute to sustainable development. They promote training, education, self-employment, and income generating activities for vulnerable, unemployed, homeless, and other socially excluded people. Their goal is to contribute to the development of grassroots communities and their well-being, as well as to make a sustainable social impact in Togo, Africa, and around the whole world.

Football promotes better communication, since everybody can relate to it. It facilitates mixing of different social groups and it can serve as the unifying factor among the Togolese.

Goals for the future


To organise the Tournament of Hope in Sokode with 200 participants and the Tournament of Hope Two for children

Women's Programmes

To attend The Queens Cup for women and girls


To create social enterprises for homeless people, to continue with recycling projects, and to raise awareness about renewable energy


To establish new partnerships for the creation of learning centres and for the provision of old computers for schools

Additional information

Partner since


Football Activities

Organisation of football tournaments and vocational training through football

Non-football services

AJDD provide access to education and employment, help with establishing social enterprises and other forms of self-employment, encourage garbage collection and recycling, teach life skills trainings (sewing, hairdressing, taxi driving etc.), and offer health and civic education.

Participants challenges

Poverty, lack of education and employment opportunities, bad housing conditions, and refugee and minority status

Organisation challenges

To gain trust among homeless people and to find ways how to make social enterprises operate in a long-run

Country challenges

Togo, one of the poorest countries in the world, is the 166th out of 178 countries according to the Human Development Index (UNDP, 2014). People in rural areas have no access to portable water and to sanitation facilities, which increases the danger of infectious diseases (SOS Children’s Villages). Many poor people sell or rent their own houses as the only source of income, and therefore move to live in the slums or in the streets.

Homlessness definition

The governmental authorities associate the term homelessness with victims of natural disasters. AJDD defines a homeless person as someone who does not have a shelter and faces not only housing, but also personal, psychological, relational, social, legal, and/or health problems. Homeless people are also those who create spontaneous slums with unauthorized materials such as plastics and racks and who live permanently in fear of police raids, bulldozers, and natural disasters.

Homelessness Statistics

More than 32% of Togo’s population live in poverty (SOS Children’s Villages). According to AJDD, about 100,000 people are homeless in Togo, half of them residing in Lome solely. The regular floods in the region result in tens of thousands people displaced and vulnerable to homelessness every year (UFC Togo, 1999).

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