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Posted on Sunday, 20 June 2010 09:57

Côte d'Ivoire vs Brazil - Development Scorecard

Côte d'Ivoire would be happy to secure a draw against Brazil in their match at Soccer City tonight. Off the field, the Brazilians are less threatening the country' annual trade with Africa has risen from $3.1bn to $26.3bn in a decade. Read a development scorecard of the two countries prepared by the Africa Progress Panel for their 'Scoring for Africa' report. Scroll down for team stats.


Attempts on target


Development Assistance: Brazil has begun to provide development assistance to African countries, including Côte d’Ivoire, notably through the Brazilian Cooperation Agency. It has also initiated sectorspecific programmes like the Brazil-Africa Cooperation Programme on Social Development.


Trade: In line with Brazil’s renewed focus on South-South relations, the government has expanded and prioritized trade ties with African countries. As a result, Brazil’s annual trade with Africa has jumped from $3.1bn in 2000 to $26.3bn last year. While trade between Brazil and Côte d’Ivoire is still relatively small, both countries are major cocoa producers and founding members of the Cocoa Producers’ Alliance (COPAL) which helps members to exchange technical and scientific information, discuss problems of mutual interest and advance social and economic relations between producers. (Source: Africa Confidential)


Security: Brazil has contributed military personnel to the United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) and continues to support the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement. (Source: ONUCI)


Attempts off target


Development Assistance: Brazil can do more to share its unique development experience with countries like Côte d’Ivoire, particularly in the areas of conditional cash transfers, food security, rural education and industrialization.


Development: Côte d’Ivoire is significantly off target to meet most of the Millennium Development Goals, particularly so in the areas of poverty, hunger and health. Despite strong economic growth over the last decade, Brazil may also not be able to meet some of the goals, particularly those relating to poverty reduction (Sources: MDG Monitor, UNDP Human Development Report 2009).


Maternal Mortality: Despite efforts by the government and international partners, Côte d’Ivoire suffers from one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Women in Côte d’Ivoire are eight times more likely to die as a result of child birth than their Brazilian counterparts. (Source: WHO World Health Statistics 2010)




Governance: Côte d’Ivoire’s transitional government headed by President Laurent Gbagbo and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro has repeatedly postponed the holding of elections, most recently in November 2009.


Illicit Trade: In spite of the UN-mandated Kimberley Process legislation and controls, there is still an extensive illicit trade in rough diamonds taking place in both Brazil and Côte d’Ivoire and government oversight mechanisms remain weak or non-existent. (Source: Diamonds and Human Security Project)


Deforestation: Both countries have not been able to curb high rates of illegal logging.



Last Updated on Sunday, 20 June 2010 10:17

Gemma Ware

Gemma Ware

Gemma Ware is business editor of The Africa Report magazine, where she has worked since 2008. She coordinates the magazine's business pages and writes on a range of subjects from the continent's telecoms revolution, to private equity and African stock markets.

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