Transition Assistance Priorities
Following the inauguration of the legitimately elected president, Alassane Ouattara, the United States lifted sanctions that had restricted development cooperation since 1999. The United States convened all sectors of our government to design a Transition Assistance Plan for Cote d’Ivoire to provide post-crisis support. The plan is a framework that guides U.S. Government policy and programmatic efforts over a multi-year period. Our ultimate goal is to assist our Ivoirian partners as the Government of Cote d’Ivoire builds it capacity to project authority and good governance, provide security and essential services, and enhance conditions for economic growth. In this vein, U.S. foreign assistance focuses on governance, the security sector reform, humanitarian assistance, and economic recovery, with an emphasis on reconciliation and human rights.
The four pillars of the U.S. Transition Assistance Plan, governance, security sector reform, humanitarian assistance, and economic recovery, were designated by U.S. Embassy Abidjan after consultations with the Government of Cote d’Ivoire. Under governance and reconciliation, the U.S. Government aims to support the Government of Cote d’Ivoire to become more transparent, inclusive, equitable, and accountable to its citizens. The U.S. supports programs and policies that strengthen the ability of the Government of Cote d’Ivoire to provide essential services, enhances civil society organizations, and supports Ivoirian inquiry and reconciliation processes.
The ability of the Ivoirian government to provide a basic level of security for its people is pivotal. The U.S. supports the Government of Cote d’Ivoire's efforts to make strategic and institutional reforms to its security forces that will increase accountability, fight impunity, and ultimately enhance security for all Ivoirians. The United States also continues to work with the Ivoirian Government and our partner organizations from all over the world to mitigate human suffering and displacement that resulted from the crisis. Finally, the United States aims to help set the right conditions for economic recovery to continue, with increasing diversity, transparency, and inclusion. This has meant encouraging public finance reform, promoting investment and trade, and working with our international partners to support debt relief.