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Work can begin on achieving the Goals now that peace is within reach

In Côte d’Ivoire, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have become an advocacy tool for helping national stakeholders to rally round the cause of social and economic development. Since the first National MDG Report (2003), the Government of Côte d’Ivoire has implemented large-scale efforts to achieve the MDGs by 2015. To assess the task of achieving the MDGs at the local level, a pilot experiment for MDG-based regional development is currently being carried out in the community of Tiassalé.

The main results of this exercise should demonstrate the potential to achieve the MDGs through local development strategies and show how this process can serve as a benchmark for replicating similar initiatives in other parts of the country. Work has also begun on developing an outreach strategy to encourage all the national stakeholders to participate fully in the achievement of the MDGs.

These initiatives are being taken with the active support of stakeholders from the government, the private sector, research centres, civil society, and development partnerships.

One of the principal obstacles to the efficient implementation of the MDGs in Côte d’Ivoire is the socio-political climate, which still continues to be fragile in the wake of the military and political crisis that has beset Cote d’Ivoire since the attempted coup d’état in September 2002. This has prevented the undertaking of effective development actions in certain parts of the country.

Given the current prospect of a return to a lasting peace, surveys will be conducted to assess the socio-economic development indicators and judge possible progress towards achievement of the MDGs. To this end, many domestic programmes have been initiated in an environment of technical cooperation with the Government, including programmes to provide assistance in poverty reduction, the reform of the education sector, and local government.

To facilitate the completion of its Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, the government (with the technical support of the United Nations country team) is currently using sectoral policies and strategies as a basis for planning exercises to determine the needs and costs associated with putting the MDGs into practice.

Last updated 1 November 2007

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NOTE: The MDG data presented here is the latest available from the United Nations Statistics Division. The World Bank has recently released new poverty estimates, which reflect improvements in internationally comparable price data. The new data estimates set a new poverty line of US$1.25 a day and offer a much more accurate picture of the cost of living in developing countries. They are based on the results of the 2005 International Comparison Program (ICP), released in first half of 2008. Country-specific poverty estimates will be released by the World Bank in late 2008