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In this series of interviews, we talk with various members of the Sèmè-Podji (Benin) community – here, Alexandre Dossou, Aimé Medenou and François Sokenou – to gather their thoughts on the impact of Covid-19 in their municipality, its management by the town hall, and the help provided by the DEALS project in facing the sanitary crisis.

Alexandre Dossou (here), President of the DEALS Focal Team and Aimé Medenou (here), Head of the technical department of the Sèmè-Podji town hall & Rapporteur of the DEALS focal team, both tells us more about the ways in which the town hall adapted and provided services at the wake of the crisis. François Sokenou (here) offers a Sèmè-Podji resident perspective on the interventions of the DEALS project in his neighborhood both regarding waste management, and the Covid-19 crisis.


Sèmè-Podji, a town in Southern Benin home to more than 220,000 inhabitants, was one of the towns most impacted by the Covid-19 crisis nationally. With the help of the DEALS project, the town hall was able to equip itself and some schools with masks, hand gels and hand-washing facilities, alongside the project’s activities in waste management.

In a series of podcasts and interviews, the International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities, VNG International, interviews people involved in the programme Governance of Inclusive Green Growth in Cities (DEALS)The DEALS programme is financed by the Netherlands ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Inclusive Green Growth department, and aims for inclusive and sustainable development in cities.