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Crisis in Côte d'Ivoire (2010-11)


Save the Children has been working with local civil society to provide education and protection for vulnerable children in Côte d'Ivoire for the last fifteen years.

The disputed national election of November 2010 (in which both contesting presidential candidates were sworn in) sent the country spiraling into crisis, with heavy fighting erupting in the West of the country and in Abidjan between forces and militias loyal to both sides. An estimated one million people – including 500,000 children – have been displaced as a result of post-election violence. Although progress has been made, the situation is still fragile.

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Download a factsheet with more information about pre- and post-election violence.

Photo: Glenna Gordon / Save the Children


 Emergency Response


Since the beginning of the emergency response, we have reached over 280,000 people:

  • We have provided over 32,000 health consultations and treated over 1000 children and mothers for malnutrition
  • We have educated 26, 839 individuals on HIV awareness and prevention within the community
  • We have supported 90 health centers, schools and child friendly spaces by providing access to clean water and sanitation
  • 10,600 hygiene and sanitation kits have been distributed to give people access to the practical items they need to reduce their risk of disease
  • We have reached 11, 271 families with cash transfers so they can provide for themselves, re-start their livelihoods and support local markets
  • Our food distributions reached 5,000 households during the crisis.
  • 5,540 children are regularly taking part in our educational activities
  • We have given out 10,075 school kits with all the materials necessary for children to attend school
  • Small-scale financial support was provided to 63 local NGOs through micro-grants
  • We have reunited 130 children with their families since the beginning of the emergency
  • We provided nutritional support  to  4,000 orphan  and  vulnerable   children  during  the  emergency, working through ten local NGO partners and 12 social centres
  • 90 child friendly spaces have been providing psychosocial activities including support for listening  spaces, discussion groups and individual listening sessions.
  • Over 700 service providers and community volunteers have been trained in responding to child survivors of physical and sexual abuse

Recovery Program (2011-12)


During the months ahead, we will focus on early recovery in the most conflict-affected areas in the West and South of Côte d'Ivoire, helping families and children to re-start their lives as they return home.

During the recovery phase, there will be a stronger focus on civil society strengthening in order to support child rights governance at a community level. We plan to reinforce protection through working with families, communities, the government and the children themselves. 

Health and Livelihoods Assistance Package


From 2011 – 2012, Save the Children is implementing an emergency project to respond to the health needs of communities affected by the post-election violence and displacement, in particular vulnerable returnee children and their families.

The project will also assist in the early recovery of vulnerable returnee households through the provision of cash grants. These grants, by allowing for the livelihoods activities of families to be restored and household income to increase, will support the purchase of essential lifesaving items such as food and medicine.

The project integrates immunization, nutrition and HIV into an overall package that reinforces government guidelines. We aim to reach 35,000 people, including 21,000 children, with this project.

  Emergency Program Cote d'Ivoire
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Program Activities


  • Undertake critical infrastructure rehabilitation work at 8 health facilities in return areas and to procure and distribute essential drugs and medical supplies
  • Provide training and salaries for key health workers at health centres and at the District Hospital
  • Conduct community sensitization and mobilization to transmit important health promotion messages
  • Provide immediate support to vulnerable households for their income generating activities by cash/voucher transfer
  • Relaunch agricultural production by providing seeds and tools
  • Provide training as the condition for receiving grants, in order to help transition from emergency cash transfers to more skills-based transfers, with an eye to agricultural and small-business recovery

Download more information on our Health & Livelihoods Assistance Project.

How you can help


Donate to our Children's Emergency Fund today.

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