Phenomenology of Criminal Violence and Challenges for Local Urban Governance in Côte d'Ivoire

This research focuses on the changes in criminal urban violence that have accompanied the sociopolitical developments in Côte d'Ivoire since the 1990s. In examining the experience of three cities of varying sizes-Abidjan, Duékoué, and Bouaké-the project looks at how violence is expressed and evolved, its impact on the actors of this violence (perpetrators and victims), as well as forms of resilience, with a view to understanding the challenges for the governance of cities in Côte d'Ivoire. Using a multidisciplinary perspective, researchers will study the three urban environments to determine the modality of criminal violence. They will also establish a typology of the actors of this violence, as well as their logic and resilience strategies developed by urban populations to criminal violence, particularly by the poorest and most vulnerable. The project will offer recommendations to inform strategies for reducing criminal violence in Côte d'Ivoire. This project is part of the Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC) research initiative designed to build an evidence base on the connections between urban violence, poverty, and inequalities. Jointly funded by IDRC and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, the SAIC program also seeks to identify the most effective strategies for addressing these challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Friday, December 21, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Ramata Thioune

Total funding

CA$ 493,300


Ivory Coast, United Kingdom, South of Sahara


Governance and Justice, Safe and Inclusive Cities

Project Leader

Prof. Francis AKINDES


Université Alassane Ouattara

Institution Country

Ivory Coast