Districts of Ivory Coast

The districts of Ivory Coast (French: districts de Côte d’Ivoire) are the first-level administrative subdivisions of the country. The districts were created in 2011 in an effort to further decentralise the state,[1][2] but in practice most of them have not yet begun to function as governmental entities.[3]

Districts of Ivory Coast
  • Also known as:
  • Districts de Côte d'Ivoire
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LocationRepublic of Côte d'Ivoire
Number14 Districts

There are 14 districts, including two autonomous districts around the cities of Yamoussoukro and Abidjan. The remaining 12 districts are further subdivided into 31 regions, which are further subdivided into 108 third-level subdivisions, the departments (French: départements). Departments are subdivided into 510 sub-prefectures (French: sous-préfectures). The lowest level of administrative organisation, which exist in limited numbers, is the commune. Although they are not divided into regions, the autonomous districts do contain departments, sub-prefectures, and communes.

Governance and purposeEdit

Each district is meant to be headed by a governor, who is appointed by the council of ministers (cabinet) of the national government.[4] However, apart from governors for the two autonomous districts, no district governor has yet been nominated; the inaction has largely been in response to apprehensions by the regional prefects that district governors will usurp their authority and responsibilities.[3]

Districts have been given four primary responsibilities:[4]

  1. to administer major development projects in the district;
  2. to balance the application of state investments and programmes throughout the district in order to minimise regional disparities;
  3. to promote the economic and cultural potentials of large groups; and
  4. to combat regionalism.

Precise distinctions in the jurisdiction of districts as compared to regions has yet to be established. Because of the lack of district governors, the governments of the non-autonomous districts have not yet begun to function.

List of districtsEdit

Districts of Ivory Coast

The following is the list of districts, district capitals and each district's regions

Map no. District District capital Regions Region seat Population (District) Population Regions[5] Area KM²

Districts (M²)

1 Abidjan
(District Autonome d'Abidjan)
4,707,404 2,119 (818)
2 Bas-Sassandra
(District du Bas-Sassandra)
San-Pédro Gbôklé Sassandra 2,280,548 400,798 25,800 (10,000)
Nawa Soubré 1,053,084
San-Pédro San-Pédro 826,666
3 Comoé
(District du Comoé)
Abengourou Indénié-Djuablin Abengourou 1,203,052 560,432 14,173 (5,472)
Sud-Comoé Aboisso 642,620
4 Denguélé
(District du Denguélé)
Odienné Folon Minignan 289,779 96,415 20,997 (8,107)
Kabadougou Odienné 193,364
5 Gôh-Djiboua
(District du Gôh-Djiboua)
Gagnoa Gôh Gagnoa 1,605,286 876,117 17,580 (6,790)
Lôh-Djiboua Divo 729,169
6 Lacs
(District des Lacs)
Dimbokro Bélier Yamoussoukro[6] 1,258,604 346,768 28,500 (11,000)
Iffou Daoukro 311,642
Moronou Bongouanou 352,616
N'Zi Dimbokro 247,578
7 Lagunes
(District des Lagunes)
Dabou Agnéby-Tiassa Agboville 1,478,047 606,852 23,280 (8,990)
Grands-Ponts Dabou 356,495
La Mé Adzopé 514,700
8 Montagnes
(District des Montagnes)
Man Cavally Guiglo 2,371,920 459,964 31,050 (11,990)
Guémon Duékoué 919,392
Tonkpi Man 992,564
9 Sassandra-Marahoué
(District du Sassandra-Marahoué)
Daloa Haut-Sassandra Daloa 2,293,304 1,430,960 23,940 (9,240)
Marahoué Bouaflé 862,344
10 Savanes
(District des Savanes)
Korhogo Bagoué Boundiali 1,607,497 375,687 40,210 (15,530)
Poro Korhogo 763,852
Tchologo Ferkessédougou 467,958
11 Vallée du Bandama
(District de la Vallée du Bandama)
Bouaké Gbêkê Bouaké 1,440,826 1,010,849 28,518 (11,011)
Hambol Katiola 429,977
12 Woroba
(District du Woroba)
Séguéla Béré Mankono 845,139 389,758 31,088 (12,003)
Bafing Touba 183,047
Worodougou Séguéla 272,334
13 Yamoussoukro
(District Autonome du Yamoussoukro)
355,573 3,500 (1,350)
14 Zanzan
(District du Zanzan)
Bondoukou Bounkani Bouna 934,352 267,167 38,251 (14,769)
Gontougo Bondoukou 667,185

2011 administrative subdivision changesEdit

Regions of Ivory Coast prior to 2011

Prior to September 2011, Ivory Coast's first-level administrative subdivisions were 19 regions. In 2011, the regions were reorganized into the 14 districts (12 regular districts and 2 autonomous districts).[1][2] The following is a summary of how the districts were constructed from the former regions:

See alsoEdit

ISO 3166-2:CI Districts of the Ivory Coast


  1. ^ a b "Décentralisation : Le gouvernement créé 12 districts et 30 régions", abidjan.net, 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b Décret n° 2011-263 du 28 septembre 2011 portant organisation du territoire national en Districts et en Régions.
  3. ^ a b "Les chefs de San Pedro demandent l’érection de leur cité en district autonome", 8 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b Ordonnance n° 2011-262 du 28 septembre 2011 portant orientation de l'organisation générale de l'administration territoriale de l'Etat.
  5. ^ "Districts of Côte d'Ivoire". Statoids. Institut National de la Statistique, Côte d'Ivoire.
  6. ^ While Yamoussoukro is the seat of Bélier region, the city itself is not part of the region.