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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:
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
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
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.
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