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Côte d'Ivoire

Improved living conditions at the heart of development

In Ivory Coast, ACTED aims at contributing to of the establishment of a favorable socio economic environment as well as to the reduction of poverty and inequalities. 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 significant human and material losses. Despite the stability experienced since 2012, the population remains vulnerable, inequalities are increasing, waterborne diseases proliferate in large urban areas, and general sanitation conditions are a concern.

The presidential election, which took place smoothly in October 2015, and national reconciliation efforts are a further step towards stability and growth for the country. However, there is still a long way to go. In the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2016 report, Ivory Coast is ranked 172 in the Human Development Index, out of 188. ACTED continues to support the development of the country, especially in terms of access to sanitation, with the aim to tackle diseases related to unsafe sanitary conditions. ACTED also built schools and water points, and supported civil society organisations.

Improving living conditions and reducing environment-related diseases

 

In Ivory Coast, only 22.5% of the population has access to improved sanitation facilities, thus the high prevalence of environment-related diseases. ACTED continues to work to improve access to quality sanitation and garbage collection systems in the precarious neighbourhoods of Abidjan Autonomous District which lack quality infrastructure, in addition to a lack of awareness on best hygiene practices. ACTED has built EcoSan latrines and simplified sewage systems. These infrastructures are handed over to the local populations, thus facilitating their empowerment and contributing to sustainable and long-term impact of ACTED’s interventions.

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 common courtyards located in the most vulnerable areas of Abidjan Autonomous District. ACTED also rehabilitates public latrines among the most frequented throughout all Abidjan municipalities. In addition, ACTED teams are mobilised to raise awareness and train populations to the use of these facilities and to best hygiene practices, through awareness campaigns and theater forums.

 

 Partners in 2016 :

 

Action contre la Faim (ACF), Agence japonaise de coopération internationale (JICA), EuropeAid, Fondation Altadis, Fonds Suez Environnement Initiatives, LafargeHolcim, MESAD, Ministère de l'éducation nationale et de l'enseignement technique de Côte d'Ivoire

 

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