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ONGOING OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES
COTE D'IVOIRE
PROGRAMMES:
  • Municipal Programme for Urban Poverty Reduction in Abidjan
  • Safer Cities Abidjan
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    Municipal Programme for Urban Poverty Reduction in Abidjan
    Total cost $650,260 

    Partners
    Municipality of Abidjan 
    National Office for Technical Studies and Development (BNETD) 
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 
    United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

    Background and objectives
    The 3 million inhabitants of Abidjan represent 40 per cent of the urban population of Côte d'Ivoire.  The Government and municipalities are faced with rapid growth of urban poverty.  In 1993, about 32 per cent of the population of Abidjan had no access to basic urban infrastructure.  The provision of basic urban services has failed to match population growth, and the municipalities are unable to address this problem properly, owing a lack of human and financial resources and inadequate urban poverty alleviation strategies and policies.  The project aims to assist the Municipality of Abidjan, in the four communes of Abobo, Adjame, Bingerville and Port Bouet, to formulate and implemente an urban poverty alleviation programme at the municipal level, involving key partners, governmental institutions, municipalities, NGOs and the private sector. 

    Activities
    The project activities focus on strengthening the capacity of the four communes to elaborate and implement urban poverty alleviation programmes creating job opportunities in the formal and informal sectors, building capacity in community-based and non-governmental organizations and local authorities and to improve accessibility to basic services for the poor. 

    Results
    Results include long-term action plans for each commune for poverty alleviation and a short-term action plan with priorities identified by the beneficiaries.  Funding will be mobilized for specific plot projects at the municipal level, and it is expected that at the end of the project, the municipality will be in a better position to develop a poverty alleviation programme.
     

    Safer Cities Abidjan 
    Total cost $515,500 

    Partners
    Three municipalities of Adjame, Treichville and Yopougon (Abidjan) 
    National Council of Security (Ministry of Safety and Security) 
    International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) 
    European Forum on Urban Safety 
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 
    United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) 

    Background and objectives
    Delinquency, insecurity and violence threaten the quality of life in cities of Côte d'Ivoire.  This threat diverts scarce resources from social and economic development, and the situation has led the Government to take measures to centralize police action and to lead international action against drug trafficking.  A prevention strategy at the municipal level was, however, lacking.  The project began in October 1998 at the request of the National Council of Security and the mayors of Abidjan who wanted to address urban violence by developing a prevention strategy for Abidjan.  The three municipalities of Adjamé, Treichville and Yopougon were chosen.  The objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the city to implement prevention activities through a multisectoral and partnership approach coordinated by local authorities.  The immediate objectives are the preparation of an action plan based on the results of a local security appraisal, implementation of an action plan, formulation of pilot projects and the dissemination of this experience to other cities in Côte d'Ivoire.

    Activities
    Three coordinators were recruited in 1998 and attended a general training course organized by UN-Habitat/ICPC in November 1998.  They are mobilizing civil society organizations and municipal partners to formulate an action plan.  One local security council was established in Yopougon in 1998. 

    Results
    One month after the beginning of the project, there was a request from the Government and mayors to extend the Safer Cities project to other districts in Abidjan and to other cities in Côte d'Ivoire.  The expected results of the project are enhanced capacity of the municipalities to establish a strategy of prevention and its implementation based on a local coalition in the city. 

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