Côte d'Ivoire

Map of Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire has been a partner country of German development cooperation since 1975. GIZ has its own office in Abidjan. In 2002 Côte d’Ivoire was shaken by a serious political crisis, which led to it being classified as a fragile state. During the crisis, which persisted until 2011, GIZ was able to continue ongoing projects and programmes, in anticipation of the post-conflict situation. In future we expect to expand our project portfolio.

Because of its economic strength, its development status and its importance for the region, Côte d’Ivoire was long considered a potential emerging economy. Thanks to its diversified agricultural production and processing industry, the country chalked up constant economic growth of more than five per cent over a period of many years. Côte d‘Ivoire is the global market leader in cocoa production. About forty per cent of the world’s cocoa beans are grown there. It is also an important producer of coffee, palm oil, rubber, cashew nuts, cotton and bananas. A pro-western, liberal economic policy and the country’s stable political situation boosted these trends until the end of 1999, making Côte d’Ivoire a driver of economic development in West Africa.

The widely varying resource base in different regions did, however, lead to disparities within Côte d’Ivoire, and the demand for labour spawned ongoing migration from the poorer northern neighbours, Mali and Burkina Faso, to the south of the country. As a result the population is very heterogeneous. Foreigners account for more than thirty per cent of the total population, especially in the main cocoa growing areas and the parts of the south where other export crops are cultivated.

The crisis, which led to the country being classed as a fragile state, was finally resolved with the support of the international community. Since the end of May 2011 a new government has been in office. The security, political and economic situation in the country is rapidly being normalised, as are international relations. This is opening up good prospects for the country.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ is implementing a rural economic development and biodiversity conservation programme with European Union (EU) combined financing. Another project fosters the establishment of development partnerships with the private sector, especially in the agricultural sector. On behalf of the Federal Foreign Office GIZ is implementing two projects to reform the judiciary and the police sector. For the EU and the World Bank, GIZ International Services (GIZ IS) has realised an extensive programme to reintegrate ex-combatants. Since August 2011 GIZ IS has been working on behalf of the EU to support the new government with an interdisciplinary team of advisors.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

GIZ-Büro Côte d'Ivoire
Country Director
Michael Dreyer
Email: giz-cote-ivoire@giz.de

GIZ-Büro Côte d'Ivoire
Phone: +225 22434392
Fax: +225 22434395
Email: giz-cote-ivoire@giz.de

Postal Address
01 BP 7172
Abidjan 01
Côte d’Ivoire