Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 394

Full Length Research Paper

Processes and challenges of urban development in Côte d’Ivoire (Africa) with case study of Abidjan City

  Konate Djibril1,2, Qian Yun1, Dembele Ousmane2 and Wang Xiangrong1*        
  1School of Landscape Architecture, Beijing Forestry University, 100083 Beijing, China. 2Institut de Geographie Topical, Universite de Cocody- Abidjan, 22 B.P.744 Abidjan 22, Cote d’Ivoire.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 21 March 2012
  •  Published: 31 July 2012



Underdeveloped countries are faced with serious urban issues such as social disorder, environmental pollution, flood, traffic jam and accidents. Most of these problems evolves and affects urban life by causing morbidity and mortality or creating unpleasant landscape. Otherwise when the process of urban creation is poorly managed, the upsurge of urban challenges will be observed. Urban planners and other construction actors in Abidjan do not have the same understanding of urban development due to the inadequate system established at national level. The study based on scrutiny of urban creation process in Abidjan, economic capital city of Cote d’Ivoire, evaluates the urban space development strategy focusing on urban policies and regulatory documents, construction and management actors, and the different related challenges.

Key words: Urban planning and management, urban construction, process, actors, stakeholders, funding, challenges.