Abidjan, March 29, 2016
Closing of the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) and its Côte d’Ivoire Transition Initiatives (CITI) Program
ABIDJAN – The United States Embassy Abidjan announces the closure of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI) and its Côte d’Ivoire Transition Initiative (CITI) program, effective 31 March 2016.
Within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), OTI maintains a short-term mandate to seize critical windows of opportunity and provide rapid, flexible, and short-term assistance in priority countries for political transition and stabilization needs. The office closure affirms the confidence of the United States Government that Côte d’Ivoire has definitively turned the page after a long period of conflict. Following OTI’s departure, USAID is continuing its development work in Côte d’Ivoire, particularly in the areas of democracy, good governance, health, and economic growth.
OTI launched the CITI program in September 2011, four months after the end of the post-electoral crisis. Building on the success of the first program, OTI focused the second phase of its CITI program in 2014 to increase community cohesion and support a peaceful, inclusive, transparent, and credible presidential election process.
The CITI program consisted of 345 activities valued at 10.8 billion francs CFA ($18 million). Some of the most recent activities included information campaigns, training sessions, photo exhibitions, radio broadcasts, peace concerts, sports tournaments, support to the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) and local electoral commissions (CELs). These activities mobilized actors as diverse as women, transporters, youth, traditional leaders, religious leaders, victims and those affected by the war, radio station owners and radio animators, community and civic organizations, and many others. The CITI program reached over 500,000 beneficiaries since 2011.