Launched: 1st phase 1998, and 2nd phase 2003
Appui à la sécurité urbaine à Abidjan
Funded by: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Belgium
- Project started in three municipalities of Abidjan: Adjamé, Treichville and Yopougon and it now covers the whole Metropolitan area of Abidjan (13 municipalities)
- Immediate objectives:
- Local diagnosis of insecurity
- Victimisation survey
- Setting-up a city-wide coalition on crime prevention
- Development of a city action plan
- Implementation of the city action plans and municipal action plans focusing on conflict resolution, mediation, actions towards groups at risk and environmental design.
- Institutionalization of the project.
- Appraisal of the police undertaken by two international police experts (from Belgium and Canada) in April-May 1999, approved by Government (Conseil National de Sécurité).
- Diagnosis of insecurity completed in the three Municipalities.
- Start-up of pilot activities focusing on youth and situational prevention.
- Extension of the project to the metropolitan level requested by the Government and Mayors of Abidjan's municipalities in 1999.
- Training of Safer Cities coordinators conducted by the European Forum on Urban Safety (EFUS).
- Safer Cities Conference capitalizing the results as well as Challenges and obstacles of the project todate was organized by the Ivorian Forum for Safety and Security in 2001.
- A number of cities in Côte d'Ivoire have since expressed their interest in developing local crime prevention strategies.
- In 2003, after a long interruption due to civil strife in the country, a new phase started with the expansion of the project to the 13 Municipalities of Abidjan with support from UNDP and the Belgian Government.
- New activities have started with local diagnosis in each of the municipalities under the coordination of a National coordinator, 3 municipal coordinators and 13 assistants.
Agnes Adiko, National coordinator
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire