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Youth Inclusion project - Côte d’Ivoire



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Since the end of the 2011 post-electoral crisis, Côte d'Ivoire has experienced strong growth, but this rapid expansion of the economy has not been accompanied by real improvements in youth well-being. Although young people aged 15–29 currently account for more than one-quarter of the total population, they remain a particularly vulnerable group in society.

Young people in Cote d’Ivoire remain largely uneducated and face major challenges in the labour market. Skills mismatch confine them to precarious jobs and prevent them from being well integrated into national economy. Moreover, young people in Côte d'Ivoire still face significant health risks. In 2015, the youth mortality rate far exceeding the global and African average rates. Early pregnancies is also a topic of concern, particularly because of its highly damaging effects on education and employment prospects of adolescent girls.

Despite the political will displayed, Côte d'Ivoire has suffered from a lack of overall youth strategy and failed to address youth issues for several decades. However, the forthcoming implementation of the National Youth Policy 2016-2020 is an unprecedented opportunity for the Government to address the challenges that hinder the emancipation of youth.


Youth Inclusion project in Cote d'Ivoire focus studies:

  • The impact of early pregnancies on the education and employment prospects of young women in Cote d'Ivoire
  • Employability and professional integration of young people in promising economic sectors in Cote d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire Country Study



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Key issues affecting young people in Côte d'Ivoire

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Project activities

European Development Days 2017: Youth well-being policy reviews in Côte d'Ivoire, 7 june 2017, Brussels

The OECD Development Centre offered a copy of the Youth Well-being policy reviews in Côte d’Ivoire to Côte d'Ivoire's Minister for the Promotion of Youth, Youth Employment, and Civic Engagement, Sidi Tiémoko Touré, during the European Development Days 2017.


Côte d'Ivoire: Final workshop, 18-20 April 2017, Abidjan

The OECD Development Centre organized, together with the Ministry of Youth (Ministére de la Promotion de la Jeunesse – MPJEJSC), a workshop to discuss present and discuss the results of the Youth Well-being policy reviews in Côte d’Ivoire, developed in the framework of the EU-OECD Youth Inclusion project.


Cote d'Ivoire: Brainstorming workshop, 5-6 April 2016, Abijan

The OECD Development Centre, in collaboration with the Presidency of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and the Ministry for the Promotion of Youth, Youth Employment and Civic Service, held a brainstorming workshop to discuss "The National Youth Policy (NPC) 2016-2020". This workshop was organized as part of the Youth Inclusion project.


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