PVE Project in the Savanes Region promotes accountability and citizen control of public action

Two training workshops on citizen control of public action enabled some 100 people, including young leaders of associations, prefects and recently elected mayors and municipal councilors, to understand the basics of municipal budget preparation and existing control mechanisms in order to increase citizen participation, transparency and good governance at the local level. At the opening …

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PAS Lomé builds its partnership network within the country

In order to strengthen its partnership with civil society organizations upcountry a team from PAS Lomé held a working session with the leaders of “Dimension Humaine”, an organization promoting women’s rights in the Central and Kara regions. The working session allowed the PAS team to understand the organization’s areas of intervention and the strategic objectives …

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PAO Miller Meets Hight Muslim Clergy in Sokode to reinforce Peace and Social Cohesion Message

The Public Affairs Officer met with the High Muslim Clergy of Sokode during a courtesy visit to the home of the late Spiritual Leader of Muslims in Togo. The purpose of the visit was to offer condolences to the family following the death of the spiritual leader last month. The PAO also took the opportunity …

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A major milestone in the fight against extremism

US Ambassador to Togo Eric Stromayer, Security Minister Yark Damehame, and Prefect Tone Douti Yendoukoa opened the conference “Preventing Violent Extremism through Social Cohesion” on June 18. Organized by the U.S. Embassy and the Togolese government, this meeting brought together about 100 representatives of the police, gendarmerie, administration, village development committees, women’s and youth groups …

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Creating a new ecosystem of social entrepreneurs

Togo took one major step closer to becoming a regional leader in the promotion of social entrepreneurship last week when it hosted the second international conference on social enterprises and corporate social responsibility. The event was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the Government of Togo’s National Council on Youth Employment, the pan-african bank Ecobank, and …

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American Spaces Coordinators from Across West Africa Gather in Lome for STEM Workshop

The American Corner at the University of Lome in Togo hosted a workshop April 29-20 for a dozen American Spaces coordinators from eight Francophone countries in the region. The objective was to share best practices and develop new techniques to integrate STEM education into programming at the American Corners. The Regional Public Engagement Specialists (REPS) …

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Ambassador Eric W. Stromayer remarks at Grand Finale of English Clubs Competition

AMBASSADOR STROMAYER REMARKS GRAND FINALE OF ENGLISH CLUBS COMPETITION HOTEL 2 FEVRIER APRIL 17, 2019, 2:00 PM Monsieur the Regional Director of Education, Representative of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Monsieur the President of the Togolese English Teachers Organization Monsieur the Director General of the Hotel 2 Fevrier Monsieur the Representative of Ecobank …

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A New Resource Center for Social Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Embassy and the Government of Togo have agreed to enter into a partnership to support young social entrepreneurs in Togo. The agreement was signed March 25 on the margins of a workshop organized by the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section to promote the concept of social enterprises, which are broadly defined as organizations that …

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Exchange Program Alumni Help Togolese Women Overcome Obstacles

As part of its celebration of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Embassy in Togo on March 22 kicked off a new initiative aimed at helping Togolese women of all ages overcome obstacles in their personal and professional lives. The initiative, titled “How Women Rise,” includes a series of conferences in multiple cities spotlighting a cross-section …

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Black History Month Concerts Highlight People Power for Social Change

To celebrate Black History Month and the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. Embassy organized a traveling historical exhibit paired with a series of public music concerts in four major Togolese cities from Feb. 19-23. The concerts featured a selection of songs from the American civil rights era performed by Heather Maxwell, a …

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Embassy program supports youth in Sokode who are helping their community

The U.S. Embassy honored Togolese youth who are following the example of Martin Luther King, the famous American peace and human rights activist, with a music concert and photo exhibit Feb. 21 in Sokode, the capital of the central region of Togo. A packed crowd of over 300 people attended the event, including local authorities, …

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Ambassador Gilmour Remarks Regional Final of English Clubs Competition

AMBASSADOR GILMOUR REMARKS REGIONAL FINAL OF ENGLISH CLUBS COMPETITION UNIVERSITY OF LOME AUDITORIUM FEBRUARY 13, 2019 @ 2 PM Madame the Vice President of the University Monsieur the Regional Director of Education for Lome Golfe Monsieur the President of TETO Honored teachers and inspectors of English Dear Parents Students  First of all, I would like …

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Ambassador Gilmour Remarks at Regional final of English Clubs Competition

AMBASSADOR GILMOUR REMARKS REGIONAL FINAL OF ENGLISH CLUBS COMPETITION UNIVERSITY OF LOME AUDITORIUM FEBRUARY 13, 2019 @ 2 PM   Madame the Vice President of the University Monsieur the Regional Director of Education for Lome Golfe Monsieur the President of TETO Honored teachers and inspectors of English Dear Parents Students  First of all, I would …

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Embassy Organizes Togo’s First Conference on Open Data

The first-ever high-level conference on Open Data in Togo took place Nov. 30 in Lomé. It was organized by the US Embassy, ​​the United Nations Development Program, the European Union and the Minodoo technology collective, in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Economy. The aim was to promote greater awareness of the potential of Open …

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Celebrating International Education Week in Togo

Improving access to quality education is one of Embassy Lome’s top mission priorities. International Education Week 2018 was an opportunity to showcase the wide array of programs that the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) is using to improve education, especially in the realm of English and STEM education. Throughout the course of the week, PAS …

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Embassy Promotes Social Cohesion in Sokode

The U.S. Embassy has been at the forefront of efforts to promote peace and social cohesion in Sokode following the eruption of violence that occurred in 2017. The latest initiative, entitled “Youth of Sokode on the Move for Social Cohesion,” was officially launched by Ambassador Gilmour during a ceremony at the Library and Cultural Center …

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Official closing ceremony of English Access program in Sokode.

On August 31, the US Ambassador to Togo was in Sokode for the  English learning award ceremony  for 45 students of the region. These students from disadvantaged backgrounds and selected on the basis of academic merit, benefited from a scholarship program funded by the US State Department allowing them to benefit from two years of …

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Comic book launch to fight Human Trafficking

On August 30, Ambassador Gilmour presided at the launching ceremony of an educational campaign against human trafficking in the Central Region of Togo in the presence of local political, religious, military, and civil society leaders, as well as Regional Director of Education. The event took place on the premises of the NGO Creuset in Sokode …

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Embassy Launches Countering Fake News Workshop

On Aug. 8 Ambassador Gilmour officially opened a three-day workshop for Togolese journalists on countering fake news. Twenty-five prominent journalists from throughout Togo attended the workshop, which will provide a global look at the fake news phenomenon, and provide concrete strategies to help journalists discern real from fake news. The workshops were led by journalists …

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Technology in the service of local governance

The U.S. Embassy teamed up with the tech collective Minodoo, a group of young coders and software developers, to organize a workshop June 14-17 aimed at putting technology at the service of local governance. The event, titled “Doonyenyo” (meaning “let’s do it together” in local dialect), took the form of a “hackathon” in which the …

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Embassy organizes international conference on social enterprises

Participants from five countries took part in the first-ever High Level International Conference on Social Businesses in Togo, organized by the U.S. Embassy in partnership with Ecobank and Alaffia. The event took place on May 11 at the state-of-the-art Ecobank conference center with 200 registered participants, 75 invited guests including government officials and business leaders, …

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College  Fair Elite 2018  introduces Education USA to thousands of Togolese:   

EducationUSA student advising service manned an information booth at Togo’s biggest annual college fair, held on the campus of the University of Lome from April 25-28. The opening ceremony of the event, presided over by the Minister of Higher Education, drew a who’s-who of VIPs from the government and the education sector and was covered …

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Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange brings low-cost agricultural innovations to Togo

Scott Massey, the 23 year old founder of Heliponix , which fabricates high-tech home hydroponics systems, met Delia Diabangouaya, a young Togolese entrepreneur, while she was studying at Purdue University in 2017 as part of her Mandela Washington Fellowship. Delia is quality manager at Choco Togo , the first chocolate production facility in Togo. Scott and Delia became …

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Embassy celebrated Earth Day 2018 with an “Eco-Jogging” activity

On Saturday, April 21, the Embassy celebrated Earth Day 2018 with an “Eco-Jogging” activity. Eco-Jogging is an innovative concept that combines sports, civic participation, and environmentalism by challenging participants to pick up as much waste as they can while jogging a pre-determined distance.  The event was financed by the Embassy and supported by the Club …

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Champions of English

On April 11  PAS Lome’s nine-month-long, nationwide English Clubs Competition culminated with the final event in Lome pitting the eight best teams in the country against each other for the title of best English Club. The objective of the English Clubs Competition, first launched in 2016 by PAS with support from the (RELO) and the …

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Embassy trains young entrepreneurs and journalists on social media marketing

From March 21 to 22, 2018, American filmmaker and professional photographer Peregrine Olander trained Togolese journalists in Lomé on the use and marketing of social networks, in order to highlight their different outlets through the promotion of their productions. Ms. Ollander previously provided similar training for about twenty young entrepreneurs and social activists in Kpalimé, …

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40 Years Later, Peace Corps Volunteers Still making a Difference in Togo

Five former Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Togo in the late 70’s returned earlier this year to demonstrate their sustained commitment to improving education in the country. RPCVs Marty Havlovi (Tomegbe 1976-1978, Amlamé 1979), Susan White (Amlamé 1978-1980, Danyi Apeyeme 1980-1981), Bill Ferguson (Bafilo 1976-1979), Bill Hague (Adjahun 1977-1980), and Don Lonergan were reunited …

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Ambassador David Gilmour remarks at the comic book launch event at the Canal Olympia Cinema

Ambassador Remarks Comic Book Launch Event Canal Olympia Cinema February 16, 2018, 1600 – 2000 Madame the Minister of Social Action Monsieur the Minister of Communication Monsieur the representative of Minister of Security Monsieur the director of Canal Olympia Cinema Monsieur the traditional chief of Hanoukopé Madame the director of RELUTET Messiers the directors of AGO …

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Super Heroes Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking

On Feb. 26, at CanalOlympia  Godopé, Embassy Lome’s public affairs and ECO/POL sections launched a comic book, “Scarf”, featuring   a super hero who fight human trafficking in Togo. The launch was part of a gala event that also included the first screening of the new Marvel super hero movie Black Panther, about the super-powered, crime-fighting …

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Opening remarks by Mr. Michael DeTar, Deputy Chief of Mission on Exchange on professional coverage of street events and political news

Embassy of the United States of America, Lomé Public Affairs Section Exchange on professional coverage of street events and political news Date: December 18 – 20, 2017 Opening remarks by Mr. Michael DeTar, Deputy Chief of Mission  Madam and Mr. Moderators, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear colleagues, It is a pleasure for me to address you …

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Self-help Fund Supports Communities Across Togo

During a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy December 12, Ambassador David Gilmour announced new grants totaling $50,000 to support 13 different community projects in different regions of Togo, through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund. The fund, which has supported worthy projects every year since 1964, is a way for the Embassy to promote sustainable development …

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Forming a new generation of young political leaders

The launch ceremony for Embassy Lome’s Youth Political Participation Program (YP3), took place in Lome on Nov. 21. The program aims to boost youth involvement in politics by training 400 young leaders in different regions of the country on the opportunities provided by the decentralization process and local elections; on effective political communication, and on …

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Paving the way for English Learning

From November 08 through 18, 2017, the Embassy’s educational advisor and representatives of the Togolese English Teachers Organization (TETO) held training sessions for all the English clubs in the eight academic regions of the country, during which they distributed an English Clubs Handbooks prepared by the Regional English Language Office (RELO). The objective of the …

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New English ACCESS Microscholarship program launched in Kara

On November 14 Deputy Chief of Mission Michael DeTar officially launched the English ACCESS program in Kara, in the north of Togo. The program will provide two years of intensive English language education, as well as an introduction to U.S. culture and values, to 60 underprivileged students. The Embassy has previously supported English ACCESS programs …

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“Mo-Lab” mobile learning center takes STEM learning on the road

On Nov. 15, PAS Lome conducted a trial run of its new mobile learning center, called ‘Mo-Lab.” The objective of the project is to encourage learning in the science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields, especially among poor, rural youth in Togo. The vehicle was completely renovated, painted, and equipped with wi-fi, computers, a …

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New American space at Kara University opened

On October 12, 2017, Ambassador David Gilmour inaugurated the new American space at Kara University in the presence of various authorities including the president of the said university and the prefect of Kozah. This space that includes a presentation room, a cyber, a language lab and an office will be a point of reference on …

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U.S. Business Shows Commitment to Education in Togo

On Oct. 13 Ambassador Gilmour participated in a ceremony to officially inaugurate a new school building constructed by the American-Togolese company Alaffia. The school, located in the rural village of Nadagou in Togo’s northernmost region of Dapaong, will provide a students in the community with a cool, safe place to conduct their studies. The ceremony …

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Helping Togolese English Teachers Succeed

From September 13 to 15, 2017, over 200 English Language teachers and 7 educational inspectors participated in training seminars and convention in Togo, Kara region.  Eran Williams, Regional English Officer from Dakar  provided refresher training on English teaching technics to English Inspectors and Togo English Teachers ‘Organization (TETO ) regional chairpersons who in turn trained …

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Ambassador Gilmour launched YALI Project to advance Transparency

The Education for Tax Transparency and Accountability Project “Nudzonola” (the awaken citizen in one of Togo’s local dialects) was launched by Ambassador Gilmour. This award project from the Transparency and Small Grant Competition will educate citizens about taxes payment, and teach them tactics and actions to take to make sure public officials manage taxes and …

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EducationUSA helps broker partnership between American and Togolese universities

The Embassy’s education advising service, EducationUSA Togo, helped broker a  groundbreaking partnership agreement between a U.S. university and a Togolese university. The agreement, signed on July 21, 2017 between Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas and Ecole Superieur des Affaires (ESA) in Lome, establishes a collaborative “2+2” undergraduate degree program in the fields of business administration and …

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Embassy and Peace Corps support youth empowerment with “Camp Unite”

On July 12, 2017, Ambassador Gilmour and staff from the U.S. Embassy visited “Camp Unité” , a leadership camp for teenage boys and girls organized by Peace Corps and the Togo YMCA, in Bagbe, a town about 35 km from Lome. ” Camp Unité” is a two-week  event that brings together 130 boys and girls …

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Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) defines its program in Togo

From 06 to 15 June 2017, a high-level mission of the United States Agency of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) visited Togo. The MCC is an aid program that ties economic assistance to institutional reforms. The objective of this mission was to reach a joint understanding on how to implement reforms in two main sectors: …

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Togo Female Techcamp

American corner Lome hosted the fourth edition of the two-day Togo Female Techcamp on June 9-10, 2017. This year’s camp focused on electronic payments. Various exhibits were also planned alongside the camp featuring businesses owned by young Togolese entrepreneurs trained at the same American corner during past years entrepreneurship incubator programs. Minister  Cina Lawson  of digital economy and PAO Mike …

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Visit of Togolese Prime Minister to EduacationUSA stand at Education Fair

Post EducationUSA set up an information booth at the International Education fair held from April 26 to April 30, 2017 in Lomé. The fair brought together more than 60 000 participants from various schools, educational institutions, companies, international organizations, and education services from other countries. The U.S. stand visited by thousands of students, parents, and …

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Grand Final of English Clubs Competition

Togo’s best English Clubs squared off against each other April 7 in Lomé in the final event of the 2016-2107 English Clubs Competition sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the Togolese English Teacher’s Organization. The event was the culmination of a seven-month long series of English Club competitions held throughout the country in which almost …

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