In the wake of the ghastly events in the civil war towards the end of 2010 and at the beginning of 2011, in which there were approximately 3,000 fatalities, people were awaiting the presidential elections scheduled for October 2015 with a sense of foreboding and anxiety. But this time things remained calm. President Alassane Quattara, who still had to secure power with military force and support from the international community as recently as in 2011, was re-elected with a broad majority but very low voter turnout. The country has now staged an election without any violence and unrest for the first time in many years. The task at hand now for the economic engine of francophone West Africa is to redouble economic reform efforts to pave the way towards a more peaceful, socially just future. For this to be successful, in addition to combating poverty, above all societal reconciliation, bringing crimes of the past to justice and the further democratisation of institutions have to be tackled. In 2016 Côte d’Ivoire also became a victim of international terrorism, when 22 people were shot to death on a beach in Grand Bassam, outside the capital of Abidjan. The attackers were members of an offshoot of the Al Quaida terrorist network. Since the attack, security precautions in public life, particularly in the capital, have been intensified.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), which has been working in Côte d'Ivoire since 1990, fosters the training of junior democratic leaders and creates space for the political dialogue between the various camps. Additional focal points in project work include the support of progressive forces in civil society, political parties and trade unions.
Learn more about our work in Côte d'Ivoire on the project's website.