Improved living conditions at the heart of development
Ivory Coast has gone through a decade of political turmoil that escalated into the 2011 crisis, which significantly degraded its socio economic environment and resulted in great human and material losses. Despite the stability experienced since 2012, the population remains vulnerable, inequalities grow, waterborne diseases proliferate in large urban areas, and general hygiene conditions are worrisome. In Ivory Coast, ACTED aimed at contributing to the emergence of a favorable socio economic environment as well as to reducing poverty and inequalities.
Improving living conditions and reducing environment related diseases
In 2015, in Ivory Coast, only 22.5% of the population has access to improved sanitation facilities (World Bank), explaining the high prevalence of environment related diseases. ACTED has continued to work to improve access to a quality sanitation and garbage collection system, in precarious neighborhoods of Abidjan Autonomous District, in particular through the construction of EcoSan latrines and simplified sewage systems. In addition, ACTED teams were mobilized to raise awareness and train populations to the use of these facilities and to good hygiene practices, through sensitization campaigns and theater forums.
Supporting the improvement of sanitation facilities
Improved access to sanitation facilities contributes to improving living conditions. Since 2013, ACTED has therefore been involved in latrines and wash place construction in communal courtyards located in the most vulnerable areas of Abidjan Autonomous District. In parallel, ACTED worked to rehabilitate public latrines among the most frequented throughout all Abidjan municipalities.
Preventing the Ebola virus disease
The Ebola virus disease appeared in 2014 in neighboring countries and was marked by over 10,000 casualties, according to the World Health Organization. Informing the population on the virus, raising awareness on good practices to reduce its spread, and improving access to hygiene are key to stem the epidemic. By setting up information desks in highly frequented places (markets and train stations) and organizing trainings targeting health workers, teachers and carriers for example, ACTED has sensitized over 250,000 individuals on the Ebola virus disease in 2015.
Supporting socio economic development efforts
The October 2015 presidential elections took place in a calm context and represented a step forward towards the country’s stability and growth. However, there is still a long way to go. Indeed, Ivory Coast was ranked 172 in the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) 2015 report, according to the Human Development Index (HDI). In 2016, ACTED will continue to support the country’s economic development through the implementation of income generating activities as well as social activities, schools construction and support to civil society organizations.
Beneficiary populations at the heart of ACTED’s approach
Beneficiary populations are at the heart of ACTED’s interventions in Ivory Coast, being not only project beneficiaries, but also the main stakeholders. Indeed, ACTED has adopted the Household-Led Environmental Sanitation (HLES) methodology, which aims at involving target households in the improvement of their living environment, thus allowing enhanced beneficiaries’ ownership of the project. In addition, the project various institutional actors (municipalities, ministries) are part of the project steering committee, in charge of accompanying ACTED in defining and following the project’s main orientations.
Accompanying the Ivory Coast towards economic and social development
The Ivory Coast keeps working towards development as to become an emerging country before 2020. To contribute to this objective, ACTED supported in 2015 the Ivory Coast in its economic and social development policies whilst reinforcing civil society capacities to increasingly take part in the democratic process in the years to come.