Togo
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    Togo

    Capital

    Lomé

    Population

    7,889,094

    Area

    54,390 km²

    Coastline Length

    56 km

    Landborder Length

    1,880 km

    GDP total

    $5,300.21 million

    GDP per capita

    $671.84

    GINI Index

    43.1

    5.57

    Criminality Score

    18th of 54 African countries

    5th of 15 West Africa countries

    Criminal Actors

    6.13

    Mafia-Style Groups

    1.00

    Criminal Networks

    7.50

    State-Embedded Actors

    8.00

    Foreign Actors

    8.00

    Criminal market

    5.00

    Human Trafficking

    6.00

    Human Smuggling

    3.00

    Arms Trafficking

    5.50

    Flora Crimes

    5.00

    Fauna Crimes

    7.00

    Non-renewable-resource crimes

    5.00

    Heroin Trade

    3.00

    Cocaine Trade

    4.00

    Cannabis Trade

    6.50

    Synthetic Drugs Trade

    5.00

    4.04

    Resilience Score

    23rd of 54 African countries

    8th of 15 West Africa countries

    Political Leadership and Governance

    3.00

    Government Transparency and Accountability

    2.50

    International Cooperation

    6.50

    National Policies and Laws

    4.50

    Judicial System and Detention

    3.50

    Law Enforcement

    4.00

    Territorial Integrity

    4.00

    Anti-Money Laundering

    3.00

    Economic Regulatory Environment

    4.50

    Victim and Witness Support

    4.50

    Prevention

    4.00

    Non-State Actors

    4.50

    4.04 6.13 5.00 4.04 6.13 5.00

    4.04

    Resilience Score

    23rd of 54 African countries

    8th of 15 West Africa countries

    Political Leadership and Governance

    3.00

    Government Transparency and Accountability

    2.50

    International Cooperation

    6.50

    National Policies and Laws

    4.50

    Judicial System and Detention

    3.50

    Law Enforcement

    4.00

    Territorial Integrity

    4.00

    Anti-Money Laundering

    3.00

    Economic Regulatory Environment

    4.50

    Victim and Witness Support

    4.50

    Prevention

    4.00

    Non-State Actors

    4.50

    Togo is ranked 18th in the Index, reflecting higher levels of organised crime in the country than in the majority of other African nations.

    In line with the general trend in African countries, Togo’s criminal actors score is notably higher than its criminal markets score. Although no criminal market in Togo exerts a severe impact on society, there are nevertheless only two criminal markets that have a non-existent to minimal impact in the country. The criminal market that is most pervasive in the West African nation is the illicit fauna market, due to Togo’s prominent role as a transit country for the illegal trade in pangolin scales and elephant ivory. Furthermore, Togo acts as a transit country for cannabis and the increase in consumption of the drug in recent years is a worrying sign. Criminal networks, state-embedded actors and foreign criminal actors all have a severe influence in the country. These criminal actors are involved in a range of illicit markets, from drug trafficking to money laundering, and their activity is often aided by high levels of government corruption. In terms of resilience, Togo performed better than the African average, ranking 23rd. Although the government has made commitments to fighting organised crime, the effectiveness and sincerity of these measures remain to be proven. Lack of enforcement of laws, a culture of impunity and corruption, and porous borders were all noted as concerns by experts.

    Analyses

    Data conundrum in the Gulf of Guinea

    This Africa Day of the Seas and Oceans, it’s important to reflect on flaws in data collection that distort the reality of crime in the maritime domain.

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    The criminal markets score is represented by the pyramid base size and the criminal actors score is represented by the pyramid height, on a scale ranging from 1 to 10. The resilience score is represented by the panel height, which can be identified by the side of the panel.