Districts of Ivory Coast

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Districts of Ivory Coast
Also known as:
Districts de Côte d'Ivoire
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Location Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
Number14 Districts
Subdivisions Regions

The districts of Ivory Coast (French : districts de Côte d’Ivoire) are the first-level administrative subdivisions of the country. The districts were created in 2011 in an effort to further decentralise the state, [1] [2] but in practice most of them have not yet begun to function as governmental entities. [3]

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There are 14 districts, including two autonomous districts around the cities of Yamoussoukro and Abidjan. The remaining 12 districts are further subdivided into 31 regions, which are further subdivided into 108 third-level subdivisions, the departments (French : départements). Departments are subdivided into 510 sub-prefectures (French : sous-préfectures). The lowest level of administrative organisation, which exist in limited numbers, is the commune. Although they are not divided into regions, the autonomous districts do contain departments, sub-prefectures, and communes.

Governance and purpose

Each district is meant to be headed by a governor, who is appointed by the council of ministers (cabinet) of the national government. [4] However, apart from governors for the two autonomous districts, no district governor has yet been nominated; the inaction has largely been in response to apprehensions by the regional prefects that district governors will usurp their authority and responsibilities. [3]

Districts have been given four primary responsibilities: [4]

  1. to administer major development projects in the district;
  2. to balance the application of state investments and programmes throughout the district in order to minimise regional disparities;
  3. to promote the economic and cultural potentials of large groups; and
  4. to combat regionalism.

Precise distinctions in the jurisdiction of districts as compared to regions has yet to be established. Because of the lack of district governors, the governments of the non-autonomous districts have not yet begun to function.

List of districts

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Districts of Ivory Coast

The following is the list of districts, district capitals and each district's regions

Map no.DistrictDistrict capitalRegionsRegion seatPopulation (District)Population Regions [5] Area KM²

Districts (M²)

1 Abidjan
(District Autonome d'Abidjan)
4,707,4042,119 (818)
2 Bas-Sassandra
(District du Bas-Sassandra)
San-Pédro Gbôklé Sassandra 2,280,548400,79825,800 (10,000)
Nawa Soubré 1,053,084
San-Pédro San-Pédro 826,666
3 Comoé
(District du Comoé)
Abengourou Indénié-Djuablin Abengourou 1,203,052560,43214,173 (5,472)
Sud-Comoé Aboisso 642,620
4 Denguélé
(District du Denguélé)
Odienné Folon Minignan 289,77996,41520,997 (8,107)
Kabadougou Odienné 193,364
5 Gôh-Djiboua
(District du Gôh-Djiboua)
Gagnoa Gôh Gagnoa 1,605,286876,11717,580 (6,790)
Lôh-Djiboua Divo 729,169
6 Lacs
(District des Lacs)
Dimbokro Bélier Yamoussoukro [6] 1,258,604346,76828,500 (11,000)
Iffou Daoukro 311,642
Moronou Bongouanou 352,616
N'Zi Dimbokro 247,578
7 Lagunes
(District des Lagunes)
Dabou Agnéby-Tiassa Agboville 1,478,047606,85223,280 (8,990)
Grands-Ponts Dabou 356,495
La Mé Adzopé 514,700
8 Montagnes
(District des Montagnes)
Man Cavally Guiglo 2,371,920459,96431,050 (11,990)
Guémon Duékoué 919,392
Tonkpi Man 992,564
9 Sassandra-Marahoué
(District du Sassandra-Marahoué)
Daloa Haut-Sassandra Daloa 2,293,3041,430,96023,940 (9,240)
Marahoué Bouaflé 862,344
10 Savanes
(District des Savanes)
Korhogo Bagoué Boundiali 1,607,497375,68740,210 (15,530)
Poro Korhogo 763,852
Tchologo Ferkessédougou 467,958
11 Vallée du Bandama
(District de la Vallée du Bandama)
Bouaké Gbêkê Bouaké 1,440,8261,010,84928,518 (11,011)
Hambol Katiola 429,977
12 Woroba
(District du Woroba)
Séguéla Béré Mankono 845,139389,75831,088 (12,003)
Bafing Touba 183,047
Worodougou Séguéla 272,334
13 Yamoussoukro
(District Autonome du Yamoussoukro)
355,5733,500 (1,350)
14 Zanzan
(District du Zanzan)
Bondoukou Bounkani Bouna 934,352267,16738,251 (14,769)
Gontougo Bondoukou 667,185

2011 administrative subdivision changes

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Regions of Ivory Coast prior to 2011

Prior to September 2011, Ivory Coast's first-level administrative subdivisions were 19 regions. In 2011, the regions were reorganized into the 14 districts (12 regular districts and 2 autonomous districts). [1] [2] The following is a summary of how the districts were constructed from the former regions:

See also

ISO 3166-2:CI Districts of the Ivory Coast

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Regions of Ivory Coast

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Marahoué Region in Sassandra-Marahoué, Ivory Coast

Marahoué Region is one of the 31 regions of Ivory Coast and is one of two regions in Sassandra-Marahoué District. The region's seat is Bouaflé. The region's area is 9,092 km², and its population in the 2014 census was 862,344.

Haut-Sassandra Region in Sassandra-Marahoué, Ivory Coast

Haut-Sassandra Region is one of the 31 regions of Ivory Coast and is one of two regions in Sassandra-Marahoué District. The region's seat is Daloa. The region's area is 17,761 km², and its population in the 2014 census was 1,430,960, making it the most populous region of Ivory Coast.

Bouaké Department Department in Vallée du Bandama, Ivory Coast

Bouaké Department is a department of Gbêkê Region in Vallée du Bandama District, Ivory Coast. In 2014, its population was 680,694, making it the most populous department in the country. The seat of the department is the city of Bouaké. The sub-prefectures of the department are Bouaké-SP, Bouaké-Ville, Bounda, Brobo, Mamini, and N'Djébonouan.

Sinfra Department Department in Sassandra-Marahoué, Ivory Coast

Sinfra Department is a department of Marahoué Region in Sassandra-Marahoué District, Ivory Coast. In 2014, its population was 238,015 and its seat is the settlement of Sinfra. The sub-prefectures of the department are Bazré, Kononfla, Kouétinfla, and Sinfra.

Yamoussoukro Department Department in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast

Yamoussoukro Department is a department of Ivory Coast. The department houses the political capital of Ivory Coast, Yamoussoukro, and is one of two departments in the Yamoussoukro Autonomous District.

Fresco Department Department in Bas-Sassandra, Ivory Coast

Fresco Department is a department of Gbôklé Region in Bas-Sassandra District, Ivory Coast. In 2014, its population was 101,298 and its seat is the settlement of Fresco. The sub-prefectures of the department are Dahiri, Fresco and Gbagbam.

Bas-Sassandra District District of Ivory Coast

Bas-Sassandra District is one of fourteen administrative districts of Ivory Coast. The district is located in the southwest part of the country. The capital of the district is San-Pédro.

Lagunes District District of Ivory Coast

Lagunes District is one of fourteen administrative districts of Ivory Coast. The district is located in the southern part of the country. The capital of the district is Dabou.

Montagnes District District of Ivory Coast

Montagnes District is one of fourteen administrative districts of Ivory Coast. The district is located in the western part of the country, bordering Liberia and Guinea to the west, Woroba District to the north, Sassandra-Marahoué District to the east, and Bas-Sassandra District to the south. The capital of the district is Man.

Sassandra-Marahoué District District of Ivory Coast

Sassandra-Marahoué District is one of fourteen administrative districts of Ivory Coast. The district is located in the central part of the country. The capital of the district is Daloa.

Lacs District District of Ivory Coast

Lacs District is one of fourteen administrative districts of Ivory Coast. The district is located in the central part of the country. The capital of the district is Dimbokro.

Comoé District District of Ivory Coast

Comoé District is one of fourteen administrative districts of Ivory Coast. The district is located in the southeast corner of the country, bordering Ghana to the east, Zanzan District to the north, Lacs District and Lagunes District to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The capital of the district is Abengourou.

Vallée du Bandama District District of Ivory Coast

Vallée du Bandama District is one of fourteen administrative districts of Ivory Coast. The district is located in the north-central part of the country. The capital of the district is Bouaké.

Lôh-Djiboua Region in Gôh-Djiboua, Ivory Coast

Lôh-Djiboua Region is one of the 31 regions of Ivory Coast. Since its creation in 2011, it has been one of two regions in Gôh-Djiboua District. The regional seat is Divo and the region's area is 10,650 km². At the 2014 census, the region had a population of 729,169.

Attiégouakro Department Department in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast

Attiégouakro Department is a department of Ivory Coast. It is one of two departments in the Yamoussoukro Autonomous District.

Centre Department (Ivory Coast)

Centre Department was one of the original four departments of Ivory Coast. It was established in 1961, along with Nord Department, Sud-Est Department, and Sud-Ouest Department. During Centre Department's existence, departments were the first-level administrative subdivisions of Ivory Coast.

Sud Department (Ivory Coast)

Sud Department was one of the original four departments of Ivory Coast. It was established in 1961, along with Centre Department, Nord Department, and Sud-Ouest Department. During Sud Department's existence, departments were the first-level administrative subdivisions of Ivory Coast.

References

  1. 1 2 "Décentralisation : Le gouvernement créé 12 districts et 30 régions", abidjan.net, 29 September 2011.
  2. 1 2 Décret n° 2011-263 du 28 septembre 2011 portant organisation du territoire national en Districts et en Régions.
  3. 1 2 "Les chefs de San Pedro demandent l’érection de leur cité en district autonome", 8 March 2015.
  4. 1 2 Ordonnance n° 2011-262 du 28 septembre 2011 portant orientation de l'organisation générale de l'administration territoriale de l'Etat.
  5. "Districts of Côte d'Ivoire". Statoids. Institut National de la Statistique, Côte d'Ivoire.
  6. While Yamoussoukro is the seat of Bélier region, the city itself is not part of the region.