Quick Facts

Area in square km 112,622
Corruption Perceptions Index ranking 83 (out of 168) (2015)
Defense Expenditure as % of GDP 1% (2014)
Defense expenditure in dollars 90,900,000 (2015)
Per capita GDP in dollars 2,100 (2015)
Population 10,448,647 (2015)
Size of armed forces 7,000 (2016)

Benin at a glance

Military & Police Aid $300,000 (2017)
Humanitarian & Development Aid $23,000,000 (2017)
Arms Sales $779,488 (2014)
Trainees 1,918 (2015)
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Military vs. Economic Aid

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. security and humanitarian & development assistance provided to this country. For a dollar amount breakdown of how much aid this country receives and which programs are supplying assistance, click "view data set." Note: This year's figures reflect the U.S. government's estimates of expected spending, and numbers for next year represent the administration's request to Congress.
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Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about the United States' training of this country's security forces. For information about how the number of security forces trained each year by the United States, including detailed information about the subject of the training, where that training takes place, and who is being trained, click "view data set."
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Arms Sales

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. arms sales to this country. For detailed information on equipment, weapons and military services sold to this country, click "view data set." Note: This is not grant aid: these are items that governments purchase with their own funds.
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1/27/15 | Fact Sheets
Foreign Military Training Report FY2013: Trends

Foreign Military Training and DoD Engagement Activities of Interest details the foreign policy justification and purpose for the U.S. training activity, the number of foreign military personnel provided training and their units of operation, and the location of the training. This fact sheet...

6/13/14 | Blog
Africa Week in Review - June 13, 2014

This week the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organization held a hearing on “The Ongoing Struggle against Boko Haram” and the Department of Defense' Africa Center for Strategic Studies launched the 15th Annual Senior Leaders Seminar in...

5/16/14 | Blog
The Week in Review

This week France retooled its security policy in the Sahel, the U.S. upped its efforts to find the kidnapped Nigerian girls, and warring parties in South Sudan came no closer to ending their ongoing conflict. 



9/14/16 | News
Mechem sells CASSPIR 2000s to Benin and the UN
Landmine clearance company Denel Mechem has recently sold ten CASSPIR 2000 mine protected vehicles to Benin and has 15 on order with the United Nations as it promotes the latest version of the CASSPIR mine protected armoured vehicle.
3/17/16 | News
Benin Troops Ready to Join Anti-Boko Haram Task Force
Benin is to deploy 150 troops to a West African regional military force established to fight Boko Haram insurgents. Officially known as the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), it comprises troops from Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
3/7/16 | News
Benin Vote Count Begins as 33 Candidates Fight For Presidency
Votes are being counted in Benin, where 33 candidates are fighting to become president.

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