Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire: Civil Unrest (Election Preparedness) - DREF Operation MDRCI009

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In Côte d'Ivoire, the socio-political situation has improved since the end of the post-election crisis of 2010 which resulted in extensive violence and displacement of people to neighbouring countries; with progress made to the point that it sustains the realistic ambition of become an “emerging country” by 2020. Despite the process that has been made since the crisis of 2010, there remain issues of concern, which could contribute to violence among the Ivorian population, and derail this process. For example, the weaknesses of the political opposition, the discontentment of the youth and ex-combatants with the reintegration process since the crisis of 2010, as well as youth unemployment, economic disparities in the country, dissatisfaction with limited the social services (health, education, water, sanitation, food security, shelter and protection).

On 25 October 2015, presidential elections are planned, which will be the first since the crisis of 2010, as well as being the first organized by the Ivorian authorities with limited support from international partners. As such, the issues of concern, combined with the memories of the crisis of 2010 present a threat to the security and stability of the country, during the 2015 elections; and as such there is a need to ensure preparations are made to respond in the event of civil unrest.