Benin is marked by a sub-tropical coastal area in the south and hilly savannahs to the north. It is the birthplace of Voodoo and is often called Quartier Latin of Africa. Today, animists, Christians and Muslim co-exist peacefully. In 1990 the country supplanted its dictatorial regime by a democratic republic. The underdeveloped economy of Benin is essentially dependent on subsistence farming, cotton production and (informal) regional trade. Roughly 76% of its population has access to drinking water, 14% to latrines. Since 1994 Protos has been active in Benin to establish an equitable, sustainable and participatory water management in the departments of Atakora-Donga (north) and Mono-Kouffo (south).