Today the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), launched a five-year project called Mitigating Electoral Violence through National Early Warning Systems (NEWS). As part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to support the 2015 elections in Côte d’Ivoire, USAID and WANEP will collect and analyze information on possible triggers of electoral violence, and develop recommendations for peace building activities to help prevent or contain the outbreak of electoral violence.
The insecurity and unrest in the early 2000s and the violence after the 2010 election disrupted the justice sector in Côte d’Ivoire. This instability led to widespread looting and destruction of infrastructure in the judicial branch and throughout the government. Only recently have judges and prosecutors started returning to their posts, but the country is still facing challenges that are common in post-conflict societies, like land disputes, vulnerable populations confronting social exclusion, gender-based violence, and disaffected youth.
In 2011, after 12-years without a parliamentary election, the people of Côte d’Ivoire elected new representatives to the National Assembly. After that election, the new lawmakers required additional support because of the absence of a consistent, effective, and transparent government. The USAID Office of the Development Counselor launched a five-year, $13 million Legislative Strengthening Project in December, 2012 to support the members of the National Assembly in their essential governing roles and functions.
Abidjan – The third High-Level Forum on Water and Sanitation for All is taking place from November 21 to 23, 2013, in Abidjan, organized by the Pan-African Inter-governmental Agency Water and Sanitation for Africa in cooperation with the Government of Côte d'Ivoire. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an official forum sponsor. The theme of this year’s forum is to promote vibrant and effective cooperation to accelerate access to hygiene, sanitation and water for all in Africa.
In Abidjan last month, USAID launched ProJustice, a flagship justice sector support project for Côte d’Ivoire. This five-year project will improve the functioning of the justice system through a robust training program focused on judicial police, magistrates, and judicial administrative agents. It will improve case management in targeted communities and strengthen the capacity of the Inspector General of the Judiciary and key judicial actors to promote transparency and accountability.
Last updated: January 21, 2016