Côte d’Ivoire is a new addition to AJWS’s list of priority countries. The country has suffered through political turmoil and two civil wars just in the past 15 years. Although immigrants and minorities were historically welcome in this diverse and once-prosperous country, public sentiment turned against them as Côte d’Ivoire’s economy collapsed.
AJWS staff members have been visiting the country, meeting potential grantees and developing a country strategy. In 2015, we made our first grants to support women, youth and human rights defenders and to advance civil and political rights in Côte d’Ivoire.