Districts of Ivory Coast

Districts of Ivory Coast
Also known as:
Districts de Côte d'Ivoire
Location Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
Number 14 Districts
Subdivisions Regions
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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]

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 regions 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

Districts of Ivory Coast

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

Map no. District District capital Regions Region seat Population[5]
1 Abidjan
(District Autonome d'Abidjan)
2 Bas-Sassandra
(District du Bas-Sassandra)
San-Pédro Gbôklé Sassandra 400,798
Nawa Soubré 1,053,084
San-Pédro San-Pédro 826,666
3 Comoé
(District du Comoé)
Abengourou Indénié-Djuablin Abengourou 560,432
Sud-Comoé Aboisso 642,620
4 Denguélé
(District du Denguélé)
Odienné Folon Minignan 96,415
Kabadougou Odienné 193,364
5 Gôh-Djiboua
(District du Gôh-Djiboua)
Gagnoa Gôh Gagnoa 876,117
Lôh-Djiboua Divo 729,169
6 Lacs
(District des Lacs)
Dimbokro Bélier Yamoussoukro[6] 346,768
Iffou Daoukro 311,642
Moronou Bongouanou 352,616
N'Zi Dimbokro 247,578
7 Lagunes
(District des Lagunes)
Dabou Agnéby-Tiassa Agboville 606,852
Grands-Ponts Dabou 356,495
La Mé Adzopé 514,700
8 Montagnes
(District des Montagnes)
Man Cavally Guiglo 459,964
Guémon Duékoué 919,392
Tonkpi Man 992,564
9 Sassandra-Marahoué
(District du Sassandra-Marahoué)
Daloa Haut-Sassandra Daloa 1,430,960
Marahoué Bouaflé 862,344
10 Savanes
(District des Savanes)
Korhogo Bagoué Boundiali 375,687
Poro Korhogo 763,852
Tchologo Ferkessédougou 467,958
11 Vallée du Bandama
(District de la Vallée du Bandama)
Bouaké Gbêkê Bouaké 1,010,849
Hambol Katiola 429,977
12 Woroba
(District du Woroba)
Séguéla Béré Mankono 389,758
Bafing Touba 183,047
Worodougou Séguéla 272,334
13 Yamoussoukro
(District Autonome du Yamoussoukro)
14 Zanzan
(District du Zanzan)
Bondoukou Bounkani Bouna 267,167
Gontougo Bondoukou 667,185

2011 administrative subdivision changes

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:


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