Donors continue to offer assistance to Ivory Coast as the country attempts to get back on its feet following the recent political crisis that crippled its government and forced thousands of citizens to flee. This week, the African Development Bank approved a $150 million program to help restore basic administrative and social services that were disrupted in the recent political crisis. Meantime, Norway pledged 30 million Norwegian kroner ($5.6 million) in support of the new government’s reconstruction and reconciliation efforts.
Alassane Ouattara, the country’s new president, has estimated that Ivory Coast needs $15 billion to $20 billion in aid over the next five years to recover from years of political crisis.
- Michael Elliott, president of the anti-poverty campaigner ONE