Stemming youth violence in Côte d’Ivoire
Research led by Université Alassane Ouattara reveals how Côte d’Ivoire’s youth have emerged as victims and perpetrators of violent crime, and points to the measures that can offer them a brighter future.
Côte d’Ivoire is overwhelmingly young. For the 38% of the population who are 14 years of age or younger, life has been marked by political strife, poverty, and dim prospects for employment.
New forms of criminal violence have taken root in the aftermath of civil war and successive political crises, especially in cities of the country’s western region. Addressing the roots of this violence and finding alternatives for young Ivorians remain major challenges.