|This article is part of a series on the|
politics and government of
The regions of Ivory Coast (French : régions de Côte d'Ivoire) are the second-level subdivisions of Ivory Coast. There are 31 regions, and each region is subdivided into two or more departments, the third-level division in Ivory Coast. Two to four regions are combined to make up a district, the first-level subdivision. The two autonomous districts of Ivory Coast are not divided into regions.
The first 16 regions were established in 1997;at the time, they supplanted the departments as the first-level administrative subdivisions of the country, with the departments being converted into second-level subdivisions. In 2000, four of the regions were divided to create three more regions, bringing the total to 19.
Prior to the 2011 reorganisation of the subdivisions of Ivory Coast, the 19 regions were the first-level subdivision of the country. In the reorganisation, districts were created and replaced regions as the first-level subdivisions and the 19 regions were reorganized into 30.In 2012, one region was divided to create a 31st region.
The executive of each region is headed by a prefect, who is appointed by the council of ministers (cabinet) of the national government.For departments that house regional capitals, the prefect of the department is the same individual as the prefect of the region, though the two offices of prefect remain distinct. The legislative body of the region is the Regional Council, which is elected and headed by a President.
The government of each region is responsible for designing and implementing programmes to improve the economic, social, and cultural life of the region.Regions are also responsible for coordinating and harmonising the activities of their departmental governments and for implementing public interest projects established by the district or the national government.
Precise distinctions in the jurisdiction of regions as compared to districts has yet to be established. The governments of the non-autonomous districts have not yet begun to function. 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.
There are currently 31 regions of Ivory Coast. Two areas of the country, the autonomous districts of Abidjan and Yamoussoukro, are not divided into regions. The regions are as follows, with the date of creation in parentheses:
The 14 districts (of which two are autonomous and are not subdivided into regions) and the 31 regions are listed below, with their regional seats and populations at the 2014 census.
|District||District capital||Regions||Region seat||Population|
| Abidjan |
(District Autonome d'Abidjan)
| Bas-Sassandra |
(District du Bas-Sassandra)
| Comoé |
(District du Comoé)
| Denguélé |
(District du Denguélé)
| Gôh-Djiboua |
(District du Gôh-Djiboua)
| Lacs |
(District des Lacs)
| Lagunes |
(District des Lagunes)
| Montagnes |
(District des Montagnes)
| Sassandra-Marahoué |
(District du Sassandra-Marahoué)
| Savanes |
(District des Savanes)
| Vallée du Bandama |
(District de la Vallée du Bandama)
| Woroba |
(District du Woroba)
| Yamoussoukro |
(District Autonome du Yamoussoukro)
| Zanzan |
(District du Zanzan)
Before a reorganization in 2011, the regions were the first-level subdivisions of Ivory Coast. The 19 regions that existed immediately prior to the reorganisation were as follows, with their creation date in parentheses:
As is the case now, regions were further divided into departments. From 1997 to 2011, departments were the second-level administrative subdivisions.
Departments of Ivory Coast are currently the third-level administrative subdivision of the country. Each of the 31 second-level regions of Ivory Coast is divided into two or more departments. Each department is divided into two or more sub-prefectures, which are the fourth-level subdivisions in Ivory Coast. As of 2016, there are 108 departments of Ivory Coast.
Lagunes Region is a defunct region of Ivory Coast. From 1997 to 2011, it was a first-level subdivision region. The region's capital was Abidjan and its area was 13,323 km². Since 2011, the area formerly encompassed by the region is Abidjan Autonomous District and part of Lagunes District.
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.
Séguéla Department is a department of Worodougou Region in Woroba District, Ivory Coast. In 2014, its population was 198,445 and its seat is the settlement of Séguéla. The sub-prefectures of the department are Bobi-Diarabana, Dualla, Kamalo, Massala, Séguéla, Sifié, and Worofla.
The communes of Ivory Coast are a fifth-level administrative unit of administration in Ivory Coast. The sub-prefectures of Ivory Coast contain villages, and in select instances more than one village is combined into a commune. There are currently 197 communes in the 510 sub-prefectures.
Ivory Coast is a relatively decentralised state. The country divided into 14 districts, of which two are cities organised as autonomous districts. The 12 non-autonomous districts are subdivided into 31 second-level regions. The autonomous districts and the regions are divided into 108 third-level departments. The departments are divided into 510 fourth-level sub-prefectures. Sub-prefectures contain villages and, in some instances, several villages are combined into fifth-level communes. There are 197 communes.
Abidjan Department is a department of Ivory Coast. It is the sole department in Abidjan Autonomous District: the territory of the department and the district are the same.
Adiaké Department is a department of Sud-Comoé Region in Comoé District, Ivory Coast. In 2014, its population was 83,547 and its seat is the settlement of Adiaké. The sub-prefectures of the department are Adiaké, Assinie-Mafia, and Etuéboué.
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.
Daloa Department is a department of Haut-Sassandra Region in Sassandra-Marahoué District, Ivory Coast. In 2014, its population was 591,633 and its seat is the settlement of Daloa. The sub-prefectures of the department are Bédiala, Daloa, Gadouan, Gboguhé, Gonaté, and Zaïbo.
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 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.
Soubré Department is a department of Nawa Region in Bas-Sassandra District, Ivory Coast. In 2014, its population was 464,554 and its seat is the settlement of Soubré. The sub-prefectures of the department are Grand-Zattry, Liliyo, Okrouyo, and Soubré.
The districts of Ivory Coast are the first-level administrative subdivisions of the country. The districts were created in 2011 in an effort to further decentralise the state, but in practice most of them have not yet begun to function as governmental entities.
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.
Woroba District is one of fourteen administrative districts of Ivory Coast. The district is located in the northeast part of the country. The capital of the district is Séguéla.
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.
Arrah Department is a department of Moronou Region in Lacs District, Ivory Coast. In 2017, Its seat is in the settlement of Arrah. The sub-prefectures of the department are Arrah, Kotobi, and Krégbé.
M'Batto Department is a department of Moronou Region in Lacs District, Ivory Coast. In 2014, its population was 106,964 and its seat is the settlement of M'Batto. The sub-prefectures of the department are Anoumaba, Assahara, M'Batto, and Tiémélékro.
Attiégouakro Department is a department of Ivory Coast. It is one of two departments in the Yamoussoukro Autonomous District.