Actions in Cote d'Ivoire

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Latest news from Cote d'Ivoire
  • Marcory youth center
    Marcory youth center
    This center located in Abidjan is now entering his 4th year of Judo training sessions!
  • International Tournament for Peace and Reconciliation
    International Tournament for Peace and Reconciliation
    This tournament organized in Côte d'Ivoire at the initiative of the Ivorian Federation of Judo and Associated Disciplines (FIJDA) brought together 7 countries from 3 - 7 August 2011 in Abidjan.

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In Cote d’Ivoire, we work primarily with national sports federations to use sport as a tool for children’s socialisation, integration and education.


Judo is the school of life


Since October 2008, we have worked closely with the National Judo Federation. With the support of the International Judo Federation (IJF), this partnership has led to three judo centres being opened in Bouake, Marcory and Duékoué. Instructors in these centres are trained in leadership, general education and the specific methodology of using sport for peace created by the Ivorian Judo Federation and Peace and Sport.

  • Bouaké

- 3 instructors
- 271 children

  • Marcory:

- 4 judo instructors
- 2 teachers and 1 cultural art teacher
- 300 children

  • Duékoué:

- Over 30 children
- 1 instructor

Target populations
Beneficiaries of the program supported by Peace and Sport are:



  • Street kids who don’t attend school, particularly child shoe-shiners
  • Orphans, some of whom look after their younger siblings
  • Demobilized child soldiers who have experienced trauma
  • Young people with disabilities
Country background

map_cdiA French colony until 1960, Côte d'Ivoire subsequently enjoyed considerable economic and social development. However, in the 1980s, the Ivorian economy entered a cycle of stagnation before collapsing in 2002, leading to serious deterioration of social conditions.


In 2002, an attempted coup turned into a national rebellion and in 2011, the results of the presidential election plunged the country into chaos.


The consequences of these years of political instability have been catastrophic for the economy and population of Côte d'Ivoire. Once the most developed country in West Africa, Côte d'Ivoire has fallen to 163rd place in the United Nations Human Development Report. The country’s infrastructures, once very developed, have been severely affected by the conflict.


Young people in the country have particularly suffered through the crisis. The war resulted in many children being separated from their families, displaced from their homes, not attending school, living through trauma, falling victim to alcohol, drugs and delinquency .... Some found themselves acting as heads of households, obliged to take care of their younger brothers and sisters despite their own young age and lack of resources.


To provide a future for the nation, it is vital to provide vulnerable Ivorian youth with education, support and guidance so that they regain their rights and their place in society. Recognizing this challenge, the Ivorian government developed a National Program for the Development and Promotion of Sport for Peace Education, for which it requested Peace and Sport’s cooperation. This program aims to use sport as a means of disseminating a culture of democracy, peace-promotion and developing a sector for job creation and social inclusion for young people.

  • FIJDA, la Fédération Ivoirienne de Judo et Disciplines Assimilées
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