Ivory Coast


of the population live on less than $1 a day (roughly 76p).


of the population are HIV Positive.


of women are illiterate.


years is the current life expectancy at birth.

About Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast experienced political stability from its independence in 1960 until 1990. This contributed to peace and social cohesion.

However, since the introduction of the multiparty system, the country has experienced a series of events that have undermined the stability. In 1999 there was a military coup, and in 2002 an armed rebellion which lasted until after the presidential election in 2010.

After this the political situation gradually normalized. Despite measures taken by the new government to meet the economic and security challenges, the political situation remains volatile. The most urgent challenges facing the Ivorian government are the strengthening of security (especially in western regions), peace and reconciliation, and the creation of jobs for the unemployed youth.

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Our Work in Ivory Coast

Tearfund’s work in Ivory Coast dates back to the 1980s and has expanded since protracted conflicts have brought with them desperate need and deep poverty.

Tearfund currently works with six in-country partner organisations. They are addressing the nation’s needs through the process known as church and community transformation (CCT) – partnering with churches to empower communities to lift themselves out of poverty. In particular these partners are strengthening the church to act and speak out on issues such as conflict, corruption and lack of access to water and sanitation.

We are also collaborating with local theological colleges, helping to train future Christian leaders in integral mission, which addresses people’s physical, social and spiritual needs.

Tearfund and its partners focus on the following areas:

  • Vulnerable women and children exposed to gender-based violence and HIV infection.
  • Farmers exposed to deforestation, decreased food production and limited access to food.
  • People living with HIV in poor urban slums and rural areas.
  • Communities affected by land tenure conflicts or with very poor access to clean water and a healthy environment.

Environmental damage is a particular concern in Ivory Coast, so community development projects focus on education and training that will encourage environmental sustainability. Tearfund aims to improve sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation for 90,000 people by 2021.

Tearfund partners are also helping to build sustainable peace in three conflict affected regions.




villages in Bounkani Region have access to clean water through 15 rehabilitated pumps.


women in the Gbêkê Region have been supported to undertake income generation activities.


farmers use sustainable farming techniques, taught by Tearfund partners, which increase their agricultural productivity.

Pray for our work

  • Thank God for Tearfund’s partners and the incredible work they do. Pray that their work will be blessed with increased impact.
  • Please pray for lasting peace in Ivory Coast and for God’s wisdom for government leaders in promoting conflict resolution.
  • Please pray for our partners who are involved in the church and community transformation work – for the commitment and encouragement of everyone involved.
  • Ask God for protection, health and security for Tearfund’s staff and partners, that God would strengthen them and help them continue to grow and develop their work.

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