In 2009, the population in Côte d’Ivoirewas estimated to be 20.6 million. According to projections made by the National Institute of Statistics, there were 4.2 million people living in Abidjanin 2011. Abidjan is the country’s most populated city and the second-largest city in West Africa, after Lagos, Nigeria. The population of Abidjan is expected to reach 5 million in 2018.
The country faces numerous urban challenges. Although 93 percent of the urban population have access to improved water sources and almost 50 percent of people have access to electricity (World Bank, 2010), the country ranked 166 out of 177 on the Human Development Index (Human Development Report, UNDP, 2007-2008). Côte d’Ivoire has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in West Africa, estimated at 4.7 percent. About 74,000 children currently live with HIV and 450,000 have been orphaned by AIDS (State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2008).
Côte d'Ivoire's economy is largely market-based and relies heavily on agriculture and related activities, which engage roughly 68 percent of the population. The country is among the world's largest producers and exporters of cocoa, coffee, and palm oil.
Phase 1: Urban Profiling – completed
Phase 2: Action Planning and Programme Document Formulation – ongoing
Phase 3: Project Implementation – forthcoming