Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
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 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 capacity building 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 elections process.
We are also reducing trade barriers and increasing the ability of West African companies to export across the region. The West Africa Trade Hub helps export-ready West African companies compete in international markets and leverages their success to address fundamental problems affecting West Africa’s ability to compete. The Trade Hub works in five value chains – apparel, handcrafts, shea, specialty foods and cashew. The Hub provides technical assistance and expert consulting to companies and connects them to buyers and markets. The Trade Hub partners with multinationals, financial institutions, government agencies, civil society, the private sector and other donors to tackle key issues: transport, business environment, and access to finance.
In support of the Government of Côte d'Ivoire's strategic plans, increasing equitable access to educations is one of USAID's goals for 2011-15. To increase access to middle school education, especially for girls, we are working with the Ministry of Education to improve planning, transparency, and the capacity to allocate resources, as well as constructing two middle schools.
Our work increases biodiversity in forest systems, addresses the adverse effects of global climate change, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and enhances the sequestration of carbon associated with land use and management. We also improve the livelihoods of communities in critical trans-boundary landscapes by building on a partnership between USAID and the U.S. Forest Service in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, and Guinea.
We are supporting the Ivoirian fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic through efforts to reduce the transmission of HIV and strengthen prevention, care and treatment programs. These activities emphasize country ownership and seek to build sustainable health services. This effort is in partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Working in Crises and Conflict
An important part of moving past conflict is a process of reconciliation in which groups that once fought against each other find ways to participate in a united society. We support this process by funding messages of peace from leaders and the media. We work to encourage the participation of young people and women, traditionally left out of such activities, in building a more peaceful and inclusive society. Civil society groups are key partners in this effort.
Last updated: January 27, 2014