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 Development) is carrying out a 24-month project aimed at preventing political and electoral violence, with the support of the European Union
The project takes place in three areas identified as being amongst the most at risk of political violence: the district of Abidjan, the district of the Montagnes and the Bandama Valley. The project first aims to provide a comprehensive mapping of political violence in Côte d’Ivoire and of its main triggers, by conducting a wide participatory quantitative research, using the multidimensional Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) index
, a tool developed by SeeD. Based on these results and on the existing resources at the local level, the project will also strengthen the capacities of key local stakeholders in order to develop collaborative actions towards violence prevention and conflict mediation. Pre-existing local conflict management mechanisms such as Peace Committees, grassroots community organizations and the relevant local authorities will be particularly engaged, in order to ensure the approach’s sustainability. All results and good practices of the project will be widely shared with the relevant national and international stakeholders during - and at the end of the project, in an effort to contribute to political violence prevention efforts in the mid-term in Côte d’Ivoire.