Since September 2010 Josefien is studying at the International Centre for Responsible Tourism Management. 'My aim is to put responsible and community based tourism more up the agenda, especially in Togo, West Africa, the country of origin of my partner. Togo is a very diverse country with varying landscapes and a caleidoscope of cultures. Tourism in Togo used to flourish in the 1980s but was degraded afterwards. Currently Togo is restructuring its tourism sector, focussing amongst others on eco-tourism. Since I see an important link between tourism and development I would like to devote my energy and time to promote
a positive image of Africa in general and Togo in specific'.