Côte d’Ivoire Reform partner in West Africa
The last 25 years were marked by political crises, a five-year-long civil war, a political crisis following the 2010 presidential elections, and ethnic tensions, all of which disrupted the country's development and put it decades behind. The after-effects can still be felt to this day. Côte d'Ivoire now faces the task of achieving greater political stability, building a peaceful society and ensuring that all segments of the population, especially the poor and socially disadvantaged, benefit from the continuing high rate of economic growth.
On the current United Nations Human Development Index (HDI), Côte d'Ivoire is ranked 162nd out of the 189 countries assessed.
German development cooperation with Côte d’Ivoire
Between 2002 and 2011, because of the political instability that the West African country was experiencing, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) temporarily restricted bilateral cooperation activities. Since then these activities have gradually been resumed.
In 2017, Germany and Côte d'Ivoire concluded a Reform Partnership within the framework of the G20 Compact with Africa initiative, with a view to providing a more attractive investment environment and fostering the provision of training for urgently needed skilled labour.
Initially, the Partnership focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency, but it has now been expanded and also includes efforts to foster good governance for more investment and employment.
At the government negotiations in June 2021, the BMZ committed 72.91 million euros in new funding for Côte d'Ivoire and announced that it would make further commitments in the future.
In future, bilateral cooperation will focus on the following core areas:
- Responsibility for our planet – climate and energy | Area of intervention: renewable energy and energy efficiency
- Training and sustainable growth for decent jobs | Areas of intervention: still to be determined; probably technical and vocational education and training and private sector and financial sector development
- Protecting life on Earth – the environment and natural resources | Areas of intervention: biodiversity and forests
In addition, Germany supports projects in the areas of governance, population development and family planning. In the latter field, activities are geared towards reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies, ensuring antenatal care and attended births, and improving maternal and child health.
Emergency COVID-19 Support Programme
In order to help the Ivorian government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the BMZ added three million euros to a project aimed at strengthening the health system. On top of that, two million euros has been dedicated to the introduction of electronic teaching in vocational training. 30 million euros was provided for a new government COVID fund to assist small and medium-sized enterprises.
Projects under way as part of the special initiatives on Training and Job Creation and on ONE WORLD – No Hunger have also been adapted to respond to the pandemic, for example through additional efforts to protect jobs and to adjust working procedures to the changed situation.