Resilience for Peace (R4P) in Côte d’Ivoire

EAI is strengthening community resilience, particularly for youth and women, to counter violent extremism in Côte d'Ivoire's northern border areas. 2021-present

A Project of
Côte d’Ivoire

Resilience for Peace (R4P) is a five-year USAID-funded initiative to strengthen community resilience, learning, and civic and economic empowerment opportunities in order to prevent and counter violent extremism in Côte d’Ivoire’s northern border areas.

In June 2020, Côte d’Ivoire experienced its second deadly terrorist attack in four years. With the steady expansion of violent extremism across the Sahel and into coastal West Africa, it is imperative that the country focus critical resources and expertise on preventing and countering violent extremism across its northern border communities.

EAI and partners National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and Indigo-Côte d’Ivoire have designed R4P to strengthen community resilience and learning and empower youth and women to address the economic and social challenges that weaken security and stability in their lives. Increased service provision, and civic engagement opportunities will reduce marginalization and increase trust between northern border areas. Other activities will increase positive narratives, generate knowledge and learning among local communities on the concepts behind countering violent extremism (CVE), while economic empowerment and positive youth development approaches will improve women and youth’s agency and employability.

R4P will apply a systems approach by creating alternative pathways, an ecosystem of reliable information, and community-driven institutional improvements in natural resource management, service delivery, government responsiveness, and enabling economic conditions. Dialogue networks, collaboration, learning and adapting forums, and civic town halls will connect government and citizens to foster trust, joint planning, and community resilience.

“There is a violent battle for ascendancy between ISIS and AQIM-aligned factions across the Sahel. While the problem is metastasizing and moving southward, these dynamics are not new,” says Kyle Dietrich, R4P Project Director and EAI Director of Peacebuilding & Transforming Extremism. “We must learn from recent failures and innovations that reveal the importance of non-military, community-centric approaches to reorienting radicalization and engaging vulnerable populations in bolstering their own security and resilience.”


Click here to learn about: Key Questions Around Community Resilience to Violent Extremism in Northern Côte d’Ivoire

Cliquez ici pour: Questions clés autour de la résilience communautaire face à l’éxtremisme violent dans le nord de la Côte d’Ivoire


Check out some of our Success Stories:

Success Story: Road to Dignity for the Fulani

Success Story: One-stop Mobile Clinic

Success Story: Giving a voice to the voiceless in Kafolo

Success Story: Turning Dreams into Reality in Kong

Success Story: No One Left Behind: Digital Literacy for Everyone

Success Story: When Security Actors Truly Listen to Women

Success Story: The Voiceless Claiming the Microphone to Speak Up


Please see our Resilience for Peace (R4P), Understanding the Border Area in
Northern Côte d’Ivoire Research Series:

Communication Ecosystem Study (Etude sur l’ecosysteme de communication) and corresponding infographics here:

Early Warning Signals of Violent Extremism, Signaux d’alerte precoce de l’extremisme violente

Political Economy Analysis (PEA) Local Governance, Analyse de l’economie politique (AEP) de la gouvernance locale

Political Economy Analysis (PEA) Security Governance, Analyse de l’economie politique (AEP) de la gouvernance securitaire

Security and Resilience: Perceptions and Experiences, Sécurité et Résilience: Perceptions et Expériences

Systems Analysis of Vulnerability and Resilience Dynamics Around Violent Extremism, Analyse Systématique des Dynamiques de Vulnérabilité et de Résilience en Lien avec l’Extrémisme Violent

The Online Footprint of Violent Extremism – November 2022, L’empreinte numérique de l’extrémisme violent – Novembre 2022

The Online Footprint of Violent Extremism – July 2022, L’empreinte numérique de l’extrémisme violent- Juillet 2022

See our press release in English and French.