Cote d'Ivoire

CARE's work in Cote d'Ivoire

Political instability and violence in Cote d'Ivoire has forced many people to flee their homes in recent years. CARE began working here in 2000, helping those displaced by civil unrest and other poor communities gain access to food and clean water. We also addressed serious health issues in regions where formal health systems had crumbled. Today our projects include urban sanitation, social cohesion, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, malaria, HIV and AIDS, repairing infrastructure, strengthening institutions, microfinance and helping people earn a living. We are also working with cocoa farmers through the Cocoa Life partnership.


Are you listening?

In the wake of the November 2010 elections in Côte d'Ivoire, horrendous violence was committed by all sides. More than 3,000 people were killed, countless homes were burned to the ground, and today roughly 360,000 people remain displaced. 

These families have lost nearly everything. But the acts of violence that have torn apart Côte d'Ivoire are by no means unspeakable: in fact, the first step to preventing more violence is talking about the bloodshed that has already occurred. That's why CARE is listening.

CARE and local partner ASAPSU are operating a "listening centre" at a camp for internally displaced people in the Ivorian city of Guiglo. This listening centre, the first of several CARE plans to operate in Côte d'Ivoire, is a crucial early step in helping people steer away from vengeance and toward reconciliation.

CARE Côte d'Ivoire has extensive experience with programmes that strengthen the bonds between different parts of society: Muslims and Christians; planters and cattle farmers; and Boso fishermen and local fisherman. CARE continues to believe that the forces bringing them together are stronger than those pulling them apart.

Preventing the spread of Ebola

The outbreak of Ebola in west Africa in 2014 did not spread into the Cote d'Ivoire, thanks in part to prevention and preparation efforts supported by CARE. CARE helped the Ivorian government with an Ebola response plan, and incorporated Ebola awareness into our work with cocoa farming communities in the western region of the country.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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