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Côte d'Ivoire - Project to upgrade access roads to border areas Phase 1 - Bondoukou-Soko-Ghana border segment - Appraisal report
Cross-border areas are crucial to the stability of West Africa. On the one hand, they bustle with commercial activity between border communities that share common cultural and ethno-linguistic characteristics. On the other hand, the porous nature of the borders fuels the proliferation of all types of trafficking that have increasingly transformed these areas into a security threat. The lack of basic services as well as the access and mobility difficulties in these areas have aggravated the instability, thus making these zones fragile. Accordingly, the WAEMU Community Action Programme on Road Transport Infrastructure (PACITR), which has several components, including cross-border roads, has identified a sub-programme of 2,063 km of cross-border roads, of which 285 km lie on Côte d'Ivoire territory. These modern dirt roads are in very poor condition with geometric and structural features that make them ill adapted to the traffic volume, rainfall and topography of the area. The goal of the project is to improve the level of service on these roads. The expected outcomes are increased traffic and trade, reduced overall transport costs and improved living conditions for the communities located along these roads. The project will help to reduce the poverty, fragility and insecurity in the direct project area (DPA) by developing basic socioeconomic infrastructure and boosting the livelihoods of women and other disadvantaged groups through support to women’s associations in the processing and marketing of cassava and its by-products, building and equipping a training centre on various trades for young girls and women, developing the skills and building the capacity of girls and women, economically empowering women and girls by organising training modules on agricultural produce processing, preparation of bankable projects, access to financing and markets to vary household sources of income, as well as changing mentalities and behaviour on gender equality, gender-based violence, sexual harassment, reproductive health, early marriage and community leadership. The direct project beneficiaries are road users and communities within the DPA. The project is consistent with the objectives of the Government's National Development Plan (PND), which focuses on poverty reduction and regional integration.