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Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance

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A Prefet is seating smiling next to the Ivoirian flag. U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Katherine Brucker seating accross him smiles.
U.S. Embassy in Cote d'Ivoire Chargé d'Affaires Katherine Brucker meets Yamoussoukro Prefet
Jenny Debrimou/ USAID

Côte d’Ivoire has entered a period of strong growth and development after nearly a decade of conflict and violence. Peaceful presidential elections and follow-on legislative elections took place in 2015 and 2016. In order to maintain these economic and political gains, it is critical that the government work to gain the trust of citizens. USAID, in a bilateral agreement with the Ivoirian government, has been working to strengthen Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in Côte d’Ivoire since 2012.

ProJustice (2013-2018)

The 2011 post-electoral crisis led to a widespread looting and destruction of governmental infrastructures including in the judicial branch. Building on the work of the USAID OTI project, ProJustice has helped the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) improve the administration of criminal justice through a variety of innovative tools such as the “case management and information system” (CMIS), and capacity building sessions for judicial and law enforcement personnel.  ProJustice is also working to improve the access to justice by marginalized groups, including people living with disabilities, thus helping to rebuild the trust between Ivoirians and their justice system, which is undermined by suspicions of corruption. USAID will try to address corruption at large in its upcoming accountability activity slated to begin in mid-2018.

Main achievements

ProJustice has provided the MoJ with quality and case management tools, reinforced the operational capacity of the General Inspectorate of Judicial and Prison Services and built the capacity of judges and judicial police officers to improve the access to justice of people with disabilities. 

VOICE UP ! (2016-2018)

Voice Up! was launched in August 2016. This project works to empower activists and civil society organizations with the ability, resources and media space to advance meaningful information and advocacy campaigns promoting human rights, particularly for LGBT. Voice Up has trained 20 local organizations on the appropriate use of traditional and social media communication tools to convey targeted human rights messages and conduct online advocacy campaigns.

 

PRODEF (2016-2018)

PRODEF, the « projet de protection des défenseurs des droits de l’Homme »  was launched in November 2016. PRODEF aims at building a community of human rights defenders and civil society organizations capable of protecting and promoting the human rights of all individuals and groups who might be threatened while acting as human rights defenders. PRODEF raises the awareness of human rights defenders and select law enforcement and public officials on the June 2014 law on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights defenders and related international legal instruments.

Last updated: May 10, 2018

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