Since 1999, Côte d’Ivoire has experienced numerous coups d’états and bloody civil conflicts. The current president was elected in free and fair elections, although his predecessor was forced from office. There is now hope for consolidation of the democratic transition and lasting stability. Historically prosperous, Côte d’Ivoire’s economy was significantly disrupted by the years of political turmoil. The country’s relatively good transportation and communications infrastructure, however, is a valuable asset. Most health indicators for Côte d’Ivoire are comparable to the average for sub-Saharan Africa, although both maternal mortality and fertility rate are lower than the regional average. Primary school completion is relatively low, particularly for girls. The prevalence of HIV in Côte d’Ivoire – 3.4 percent – is high for West Africa, and the justice system struggles to control a high crime rate.
USAID programs are strengthening governance, bolstering democracy, fighting HIV/AIDS and aiding the post-conflict transition.
Last updated: December 17, 2012