Young Ivorians in the ASEC Mimosas football club in Abidjan

Political situation Striving to achieve stability and development

Since the armed conflict ended in 2011, Côte d'Ivoire has made huge strides in terms of political development: free and peaceful elections have been held, a new constitution has been adopted, and progress has been achieved in the area of good governance, with transparency and effectiveness improving

Since the armed conflict ended in 2011, Côte d’Ivoire has made huge strides in terms of political development: free and peaceful elections have been held, a new constitution has been adopted, and progress has been achieved in the area of good governance, with transparency and effectiveness improving. The economy has recovered markedly.

However, the war-torn country is still very much at the start of its journey towards democracy and the rule of law. Politically and socially, Côte d’Ivoire is a deeply divided country.

The need for reform remains huge and the danger of conflicts being reignited still lingers. The government's ambitious plans are for Côte d’Ivoire to achieve emerging economy status by 2020. On the current United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) it is ranked 165th out of the 189 countries assessed.

Huge political challenges

Important tasks facing the government are continuing with the reconciliation process, rebuilding the country's economy, achieving a more equitable distribution of state revenues, creating more jobs, reducing poverty, reforming the judicial system, integrating ex-combatants from civil war militias into the regular armed forces and fighting widespread corruption.

No constructive dialogue has yet begun between the opposing political camps, and the human rights violations that occurred during the years of civil war have not yet been fully investigated and prosecuted. The country also needs to establish an effective separation of powers, which presupposes a strong parliament with strong opposition parties and an independent judiciary, together with free media and mechanisms for resolving social conflict.