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Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance

Legislative Strengthening in Côte d'Ivoire
U.S. Amb. Terence McCulley joins the local National Assembly Member and Prefet for a press conference following a town hall forum for constituents, made possible by USAID's Legislative Strengthening program.
Micah Clemens / USAID Côte d'Ivoire

Despite significant progress made since Côte d’Ivoire's return to normalcy after ten years of internal conflict, public sector institutions still lack operational capacity and corruption and impunity are prevalent. The 2015 presidential elections will test the country’s ability to conduct a free and fair contest and demonstrate a peaceful transition of power. 

USAID works with the Government of Côte d'Ivoire to deliver services to its people, promote democratic reforms and respect for human rights, and strengthen transparency, inclusiveness, and accountability. Our democracy and governance activities focus on strengthening the ability of the National Assembly to fulfill its representational, legislative, and oversight mandate. Over 80 percent of the Assembly's deputies are new to the position, so building the capacity of this institution is critical to ensuring policy changes necessary for political, social, and economic growth. We also improve access to and administration of justice through building the capacity of key actors in the judicial system and strengthening the justice sector. Finally, our support to the national independent electoral commission will allow for key reforms before the critical presidential elections in 2015 and help ensure a transparent, inclusive, and peaceful election process.

Last updated: December 11, 2014

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