Following the 2010-2011 post-electoral crisis, Cote d’Ivoire needed urgent assistance from the international community to re-build not only from that crisis but from the 10 preceding years of low-intensity civil war. The Ouattara administration has friendly relations with the U.S. Cote d’Ivoire has the capacity to be a vital partner in West Africa as well as return to being viewed as West Africa’s economic hub.
In April and May 2011, CSO and the Bureau of African Affairs led an interagency effort to support the ambassador’s priorities in shaping the U.S. government’s transition assistance plan (TAP), which identified humanitarian assistance, reconciliation, security sector reform (SSR), and economic recovery as priorities and generated additional funding. CSO provided two staff members to support the transition. In September 2011, CSO sent an assistance coordinator to Cote d’Ivoire to assist in the implementation of the TAP. CSO also provided an SSR expert to support the Ivoirian-led efforts to reform their security sector.
During a 15-month engagement, the CSO team institutionalized the TAP within the embassy. In concert with other international experts, the team also played a key role in tracking and elevating policies and technical issues crucial to the stabilization and transition processes.