C么te d鈥橧voire

Context

Since the end of the socio-political crisis in 2011, the situation in C么te d鈥橧voire has become more stable and the country has gradually entered a reconstruction phase. A number of major infrastructure projects initiated by the state have resulted in continued economic growth. Despite these positive developments, the socio-political situation remains fragile. Socio-political tensions between communities exist across the country areas and feed in the violence that has affected C么te d鈥橧voire for over a decade. Today C么te d鈥橧voire is also facing the threat of attacks from extremist groups at its northern borders, with recurrent incidents against security forces since 2019.

Interpeace has been engaged in C么te d鈥橧voire since 2012, working with local partner Indigo C么te d鈥橧voire (CI). Interpeace and Indigo CI have been particularly active in the western regions of the country, where our 2013 and 2017 participatory action research projects revealed that the main challenges to social cohesion and lasting peace is a widespread feeling of 鈥榮elf-victimization鈥, a trust crisis between the populations and the local authorities, and tensions around the figure of the foreigner. Since 2015, they have also engaged on issues of youth violence and resilience to violence, including in Abidjan, through participatory research projects, as well as operational initiatives aimed at reintegrating youth gang members within their communities. Since 2020, Interpeace and Indigo-CI have been addressing the root causes of political violence and its manifestations at the community level and are now active all across the country.

Goal


Avec Indigo C么te d'Ivoire, nous visons 脿 consolider notre position dans le domaine de la coh茅sion sociale, en mettant l'accent sur la pr茅vention et la gestion des conflits, ainsi que sur la violence ou sur la r茅silience face 脿 la violence des jeunes, en impliquant les acteurs locaux, les citoyens et les autorit茅s locales afin d'atteindre l'analyse participative et le renforcement des r茅ponses locales aux d茅fis de la paix.

Initiatives


Contributing to the development of a responsible political elite through the peaceful management of conflicts in universities

Since the 1990s, violence in the university environment has been a major concern for the Ivorian State, with recurrent protests and risks of violent student mobilization by political leaders during elections. Faced with these challenges, a joint initiative of UNFPA, UNDP and Interpeace (in partnership with Indigo C么te d'Ivoire) was launched in 2021 to contribute to the prevention and better manag...



Prevention of political violence and strengthening of democratic governance through collaborative, citizen mediation in three risk areas in C么te d'Ivoire

Despite the end of the socio-political crisis in 2011 and the constant economic growth, C么te d'Ivoire remains vulnerable to political violence. Interpeace, in partnership with Indigo C么te d'Ivoire and SeeD (Centre for Sustainable Peace and Development) is leading since 2020 an initiative that aims to prevent political violence and strengthen democratic governance through collaborative and citize...


Past initiatives


YPS (Youth Peace and Security) in practice: (Self-)analysis and leadership reinforcement of young people in preventing political violence in C么te d'Ivoire

Funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), this project aimed to support the practical implementation of the United Nations鈥 Agenda on Youth Peace and Security (YPS), mainly by supporting and 鈥渨orking with鈥 existing youth-led initiatives that engage in peacebuilding activities in their respective communities. The Ivorian youth is commonly perceived as a key actor of political vio...



Helping re-shape national policy on Islamic Education Structures

Interpeace has supported the Ivorian Ministry of Education in shaping the development of the 鈥淣ational Strategy on Integration of (students of) Islamic Education Structures in the formal education system in C么te d鈥橧voire鈥. 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 C么te 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 was to generate, within populations, a good understanding and full part...



Fostering sustainable social cohesion

In the Western District of 鈥淟es Montagnes,鈥 Interpeace and Indigo C么te d鈥橧voire, 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 C么te d鈥橧voire; and (2) enhance the conflict management skills of the members ...



Destigmatizing the so-called 鈥渕icrobe鈥 youth

The perceptions and attitudes of parents, teachers, communities and journalists towards the so-called 鈥渕icrobe鈥 children (youth gang members) have positively changed in the Abidjan districts of Abobo and Yopougon, where Interpeace and Indigo C么te d鈥橧voire operate. The narrative around these children has become more humanized and less stigmatizing. This positive transformation is a critical ...



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

Generally analyzed through the lenses of 鈥渞adicalization鈥 or 鈥渧iolent extremism鈥, 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鈥檚 complexity. Furthermore, young people are rarely a...


Resources

Geneva Peace-Cast 2021

podcast

Nov 1 - 5, 2021