Since 2011, the country has experienced some political stability, confirmed by the smooth re-election of President Alassane Ouattara in 2015. Côte d'Ivoire is now returning to dynamic economic growth (average annual GDP growth rate of 8.5% between 2012 and 2015). This economic upturn, however, does not translate into a reduction in poverty, the rate of which remained at 46% in 2015 (despite the Ivorian president's goal of halving it). Côte d'Ivoire's human development index of 0.45 ranks the country 172nd out of 188.. The fight against poverty remains a real challenge. Finally, it is important to point out that 54% of the population of Côte d'Ivoire lives in urban areas today, when the Global Risks Annual Report 2015 states that "40% of urban growth is in slums".
EAU ET VIE COTE D’IVOIRE (EVCI), an Ivorian association created in 2014, is in charge of developing training courses on hygiene and the environment, fire prevention and community strengthening and ensuring the implementation of waste collection services and improved sanitation. W & L conducts the surveys and measures the impact of the actions on the living conditions of the inhabitants. The NGO also carries out advocacy actions with local authorities, which are essential for the proper functioning of projects.
Project HistoryIn 2013 and 2014, Eau et Vie conducted a feasibility study to start its activities in Côte d'Ivoire. The needs on the ground and the reception by the local authorities and communities led to the sending of a first expatriate in 2015. The local association, Eau et Vie Côte d’Ivoire, and the social enterprise, Dji Ni Sii, were created. Due to the numerous construction and urbanization projects launched by the government and its partners, numerous surveys are taking place between April 2015 and March 2016 to definitively decide the choice of intervention areas, including Djidan 1 for the pilot project. . In the process, Eau et Vie Côte d'Ivoire has signed a Framework Agreement with the National Office of Drinking Water and Eau et Vie Côte d'Ivoire for the launch of the pilot project.
Current ProjectsIn June 2016, a partnership was signed with the ONEP (National Office of Drinking Water), under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Infrastructure (MIE), to start a project in a precarious first district of Abidjan. The neighborhood of Gbamnan Djidan 1 in the municipality of Yopougon was selected by all partners. Approximately 528 households (2000 inhabitants). A baseline survey was conducted in Gbamnan Djidan 1 showing that more than 95% of the inhabitants are sourcing from informal water retailers and less than 5% are connected to the local operator, SODECI (Water Distribution Company of Côte d'Ivoire). During 2016, the teams of Eau et Vie Côte d'Ivoire and Dji Ni Sii were strengthened, with the recruitment of the expatriate program manager in charge of the activities of the NGO Eau et Vie Côte d'Ivoire. 'Ivoire and 3 local executives. The headquarters of EVCI and DNS have been installed in Yopougon, in order to be closer to the local communities. Talks are underway with SODECI to be able to connect to its network and start construction of the first water network in Djidan 1.
Key figures – Ongoing Projects
A project on the Ivory Coast:
- Urban precarious district of Djidan 1 (Abidjan), where 528 families live.
- Start hygiene of the awareness and fight against fire activities
- Reference surveys
"When it rains, the water comes into my house and does not leave. If we want to sweep, the neighbor says, "Not here, it will pass in front of my door." Each time, this causes problems because there is no gutter."