After gaining independence in 1960, Ivory Coast experienced high economic growth, mainly based on coffee and cocoa production. In 1990, the country underwent political and social tensions. In 2010, after a decade of political and economical crisis and violent confrontations, Alassane Ouattara was elected as president. A national reconciliation, nation-building and economic recovery were initiated. Counting 22 million inhabitants, Ivory Coast is characterised by the immigrating population from neighbouring countries, attracted by a rapid economical development and the country’s social and economical stability that occurred before the sociopolitical and military crisis started. Abidjan, the economical capital doubled its population in a 10 years frame. Today, Ivory Coast human development index places the country as 168th/187.
Start of prospecting activities in Ivory CoastWith a view of wider application and in order to ensure a more adaptable approach, Eau et Vie wishes to launch a new project in Africa. Ivory Coast was selected as an adequate exploration area due to the size of its economical capital, Abidjan, its return to political stability and the presence of identified resource persons. In 2013, the objective was to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether Eau et Vie approach could be applied to Abidjan slums.
A pilot project by 2015A pilot project is currently being discussed with the local water operator, SODECI (Ivory Coast Water Distribution Company), and should be implemented by end of 2014. Eau et Vie gained the support from the National Bureau for Drinking Water (ONEP) and identified potential depressed areas in Abidjan. These areas suffer from a bad access to drinking water and overall, a lack of sanitation and waste management services. Several development actors such as the French Agency for Development (AFD), the United Nations Development and Environment Programmes (UNDP, UNEP) and some community organisations are looking forward to the implementation of a pilot project.
In 2014, Eau et Vie will recruit an International Solidarity Volunteer in charge of creating a local NGO and a social business involved in water sector. Among its main missions, the volunteer will create partnerships, conduct detailed studies on local needs and start Eau et Vie pilot project.