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AVSI Integrated approach toward informal economy in Côte d’Ivoire.

RNSF implementing partner AVSI organized last December the closing ceremony of its project “Empowerment for better livelihoods, including skills development and vocational education and training, for marginalised and vulnerable persons and people dependent on the informal economy” implemented in Côte d’Ivoire since 2015.

It was organized at Abidjan with around 400 participants, including the European Union, the National Chamber of Trades of Côte d’Ivoire, the Regional Chambers of Crafts, the National and International NGOs, the Social Centres, the Professional Organizations of Craftsmen and some of the craftsmen beneficiaries of the project as well as RNSF research expert Jacques Charmes. During the event AVSI presented the results and the lessons learned from this experience and animated a discussion about the future steps to be carried out in Côte d’Ivoire.

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the improvement of living and working conditions of craftsmen in the informal sector with special attention for those infected / affected by HIV / AIDS, specifically through the improvement of the institutional framework, skills and social integration of artisans in Abidjan, Yamoussoukro and Bouaké (Côte d’Ivoire).

To that end, it promoted an integrated approach toward informal economy combining:

  • Institutional capacity building
  • Skill development and Strengthening of workers’ capacities and organisation
  • Livelihood and social inclusion, in particular through microcredit and health coverage

Various activities were implemented such as:

  • Trainings of craftsmen
  • Workshop renovation
  • Establishment of saving groups and pilot health insurance schemes
  • Dissemination of information, awareness-raising and advocacy

AVSI theory of change

During the ceremony, the results of the ROM monitoring (February 2017) and of the final evaluation as well as two studies conducted during the project on the pilot health insurance scheme and the formalisation of the informal sector were presented.

In particular, the final evaluation highlighted the various achievements of the project and the ROM monitoring indicated that it paved the way to the improvement of the craftsmen’ living and working conditions and to the definition of a development strategy for the craft sector in Còte d’Ivoire.



Great thanks to the RNSF staff for their support along the project lifetime. We expect to have moments to share our findings and best practises, which come out from our Project. Special thanks to the UE commission. 

Dr Bamba, AVSI project Manager

Nous félicitons AVSI pour la présentation des résultats et des leçons apprises  de son projet qui a contribué certainement à l’amélioration des conditions  de vie des personnes et groupes vulnérables qui dépendent de l’économie informelle dans quelques grandes villes de la Côte -d’Ivoire.

Nous félicitons également l’équipe de RNSF pour son accompagnement technique avec l’appui financier de l’Union Européenne. Nous apprécions les stratégies mises en place pour la réussite de ce projet à savoir le développement des compétences, le développement des activités génératrices des revenus et la formation professionnelle.

Notre souhait le plus ardent  est que ces genres d’initiatives puissent s’étendre dans d’autres pays de l’Afrique Subsaharienne à l’occurrence la République Démocratique du Congo dont les populations vivent de l’économie informelle pour essayer d’améliorer tant soit peu leur bien-être.

Raphael Ngeleza,

Consultant Professionnel Indépendant en planification, management, suivi et évaluation des projets.

République Démocratque du Congo.



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Pierre Berman
12 January 2018

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