Communes of Ivory Coast

The communes of Ivory Coast are a fifth-level administrative unit of administration in Ivory Coast. The sub-prefectures of Ivory Coast contain villages, and in select instances more than one village is combined into a commune. There are currently 197 communes in the 510 sub-prefectures.

Communes of Ivory Coast. Green dots indicate the location of the settlement that serves as seat of each commune.

Prior to 2011, communes were the third-level administrative units of the country. Under the administration of Laurent Gbagbo, the number of communes grew to more than 1300. In 2011, a reorganization of the country's subdivisions was undertaken, with a goal of decentralizing the state. As part of the reorganization, communes were converted from third-level divisions into fifth-level divisions.

In March 2012, the government abolished 1126 communes on the grounds that under the new jurisdiction of districts, regions, departments, and sub-prefectures, these particular communes were not economically viable governmental units.[1] As a result of the reorganisation, there are now 197 communes in Ivory Coast.[1] In many parts of the country, responsibilities previously carried out by the communes have been transferred to other levels of government. In most cases, the town that is the seat of the commune is also the seat of a sub-prefecture.

Communes A–ZEdit

Communes by district and regionEdit

Autonomous District of AbidjanEdit

Bas-Sassandra DistrictEdit

Comoé DistrictEdit

Denguélé DistrictEdit

Gôh-Djiboua DistrictEdit

Lacs DistrictEdit

Lagunes DistrictEdit

Montagnes DistrictEdit

Sassandra-Marahoué DistrictEdit

Savanes DistrictEdit

Vallée du Bandama DistrictEdit

Woroba DistrictEdit

Autonomous District of YamoussoukroEdit

Zanzan DistrictEdit

Laws creating communesEdit

The following laws and decrees created communes in Ivory Coast. Many of the communes created by these laws were abolished in the decree of March 2012.


  1. ^ a b "Le gouvernement ivoirien supprime 1126 communes, et maintient 197 pour renforcer sa politique de décentralisation en cours",, 7 March 2012.
  2. ^ Mayo is the only settlement that is the seat of a commune that is not also the seat of a sub-prefecture.

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