The original Area Handbook for the Ivory Coast was issued in December 1962, research and writing having been completed on October 31, 1962. At that time Ivory Coast had been independent for little more than two years. The following decade was one of exceptional economic growth in accordance with the philosophy of development previously expounded; it was also a decade rich in social change and political activity, including a major role for Ivory Coast in African interstate relations.
Given these developments, it was decided to supplement the original volume with a new section entitled "Summary of Events: January 1963-December 1972." The new section has been prepared by a consulting team consisting of Roxanne Donahey, William Kallon, Vincent Kern, Gilda Nimer, and Benjamin Nimer, under the direction of the last. Special mention should be made of the work of Gilda Nimer, who contributed to the research and writing and also was librarian of the project and assistant to the director.