Côte d’Ivoire

Contexte

Depuis la fin de la crise sociopolitique en 2011, la situation en Côte d'Ivoire est stable et la reconstruction du pays avance. Un certain nombre de grands projets d'infrastructure lancés par l'État ont impulsé une croissance économique continue. Malgré ces indices d'un certain développement économique, la situation sociopolitique reste fragile. Des tensions entre les communautés existent au sein de la ville d'Abidjan et dans la zone forestière de l'ouest, les deux zones abritant une grande partie des tensions et de la violence qui affectent la Côte d'Ivoire depuis plus d'une décennie. Interpeace est impliquée en Côte d'Ivoire depuis 2012, travaillant avec le partenaire local Indigo Côte d'Ivoire (CI). Interpeace et Indigo CI ont été particulièrement actives dans les régions occidentales du pays, où nos projets de recherche-action participative de 2013 et 2017 ont révélé que les principaux défis pour la cohésion sociale et une paix durable sont un sentiment généralisé d'« auto-victimisation », une crise de confiance entre les populations et les autorités locales et les tensions autour de la figure de l'étranger. Depuis 2015, les deux organisations se sont également engagées sur les questions de violence des jeunes et de résilience à la violence, y compris à Abidjan, à travers des projets de recherche participative, ainsi que des initiatives opérationnelles visant à réintégrer les membres de gangs de jeunes au sein de leurs communautés.

But


Avec Indigo Côte d'Ivoire, nous visons à consolider notre position dans le domaine de la cohésion sociale, en mettant l'accent sur la prévention et la gestion des conflits, ainsi que sur la sur la violence or sur la résilience face à la violence la violence des jeunes, en impliquant les acteurs locaux, les citoyens et les autorités locales afin d'atteindre l'analyse participative et le renforcement des réponses locales aux défis de la paix.

Initiatives


PRECIS Project - Prevention of political violence and strengthening of democratic governance through collaborative, citizen mediation in three ri...

Despite the end of the socio-political crisis in 2011 and the constant economic growth, Côte d'Ivoire remains vulnerable to political violence. The upcoming presidential elections in October 2020 are already a source of instability and could be the trigger of an outburst of violence. In this context, Interpeace, in partnership with Indigo Côte d'Ivoire and SeeD (Centre for Sustainable Peace and ...



YPS (Youth Peace and Security) in practice: (Self-)analysis and leadership reinforcement of young people in preventing political violence in Côt...

Funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), this 18-month project aims to support the practical implementation of the United Nations’ Agenda on Youth Peace and Security (YPS), mainly by supporting and “working with” existing youth-led initiatives that engage in peacebuilding activities in their respective communities. The Ivorian youth is commonly perceived as a key actor of po...



Helping re-shape national policy on Islamic Education Structures

Interpeace is supporting the Ivorian Ministry of Education in shaping the development of the “National Strategy on Integration of (students of) Islamic Education Structures in the formal education system in Côte d’Ivoire”. The stakes are high for this integration process, because a significant number of children who attend Islamic education structures (which are mostly not officially recogn...



Strengthening participatory governance on land tenure in rural areas

In 2019, Interpeace and Indigo Côte d'Ivoire initiated a Project in the Mountain District and the Worodougou Region, whose objective is to contribute to the sustainable and inclusive governance of the State-led process consisting in securing land tenure and protecting specific areas. Through this EU-funded initiative, the aim is to generate, within populations, a good understanding and full parti...



Fostering sustainable social cohesion

In the Western District of “Les Montagnes,” Interpeace and Indigo Côte d’Ivoire, with the support of the EU, were able to (1) foster collaboration and increased trust between local authorities and Peace Committees in 9 localities (informal committees that aim at preventing or solving local conflicts) in Western Côte d’Ivoire; and (2) enhance the conflict management skills of the members ...



Destigmatizing the so-called “microbe” youth

The perceptions and attitudes of parents, teachers, communities and journalists towards the so-called “microbe” children (youth gang members) have positively changed in the Abidjan districts of Abobo and Yopougon, where Interpeace and Indigo Côte d’Ivoire operate. The narrative around these children has become more humanized and less stigmatizing. This positive transformation is a critic...



Analyzing the root causes of youth-led violence in West Africa and the Sahel Region

Generally analyzed through the lenses of “radicalization” or “violent extremism”, dynamics of young people engaged in new forms of violence is the focus of growing international scrutiny, especially in West Africa. However, as this interest grows, we realize that our current understanding does not allow us to fully grasp the phenomenon’s complexity. Furthermore, young people are rarely a...


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