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Analysis of the effect of youth employability on urban violence during the post-conflict period in Côte d’Ivoire

Youth make up the majority of Côte d’Ivoire’s population. They are also the main victims and perpetrators of the violence resulting from a long period of instability that weakened the country’s economic performance. The country is implementing strategies, policies, and programs to help these young people break out from the cycle of violence, which will also support the country’s economic and social stability and peacebuilding.

Initiatives such as a prison-based youth vocational training rehabilitation program are being implemented, and youth self-employment, particularly in the informal transportation sector, is being promoted. These initiatives are based on the assumption that access to economic opportunities can keep young people away from violence. However, there is little research to help understand how these youth employment and employability initiatives influence the propensity to violence and crime.

With gender as a common theme, a multidisciplinary research team from the CIRES Unit for the Analysis of Economic Policies will critically assess these initiatives for their effectiveness, degree of inclusion, and their effect on reducing or preventing youth engagement in violence. The results will support the development of solutions in the form of tools, approaches, and content for the various stakeholders involved in the economic development programs intended for youth. The research will provide information to public decision-makers, the private sector, and funders to help them improve the effectiveness of the development and content development processes and the implementation of these programs. The research will also help to clarify the relationship between the legal and lawful employment of young men and women and a propensity to violence.

Project ID
Project Status
36 months
IDRC Officer
Ramata Thioune
Total Funding
CA$ 339,000.00
Ivory Coast
Democratic and Inclusive Governance
Governance and Justice
Institution Country
Ivory Coast
Project Leader
Prof Assi Jose Carlos Kimou
Centre ivoirien de recherches économiques et sociales