The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has been working in the North of Cote d'Ivoire for a number of years to provide education, medical support and access to clean water in areas where AKDN operates economic development projects. These interventions are used to improve the wellbeing of the staff in these factories, as well as others in their local communities.
In companies like Filtisac, which was established by the AKDN in the 1960s, and Ivoire Cotton which works with thousands of cotton farmers, AKDN has been engaged in providing adult literacy classes, constructing community health huts, increasing access to potable water, and supporting its staff through workplace wellness programmes.
Since 2016, the Aga Khan Foundation has expanded its work in the north of the country to increase sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. This includes improving the use of water sources for food security, and enhancing the ability to respond to socio-economic and environmental challenges in some of the poorest parts of the country. The project will develop and rehabilitate water-related infrastructure and strengthen local water governance, increase adoption of safe water and sanitation practices, increase incomes through diversified crop production and market linkages in order to sustain water infrastructure, and organise community based planning and preparedness for disasters. In partnership with Ivoire Coton, the Foundation is helping communities to increase and diversify their incomes through maize and vegetable farming.