Chad - Regions, Departments, and Sub-prefectures

Regions, Departments, and Sub-prefectures

Chad has been divided since February 2008 into 22 regions. The subdivision of Chad in regions came about in 2003 as part of the decentralisation process, when the government abolished the previous 14 prefectures. Each region is headed by a presidentially appointed governor. Prefects administer the 61 departments within the regions. The departments are divided into 200 sub-prefectures, which are in turn composed of 446 cantons.

The cantons are scheduled to be replaced by communautés rurales, but the legal and regulatory framework has not yet been completed. The constitution provides for decentralised government to compel local populations to play an active role in their own development. To this end, the constitution declares that each administrative subdivisions be governed by elected local assemblies, but no local elections have taken place, and communal elections scheduled for 2005 have been repeatedly postponed.

The regions are:

  1. Batha
  2. Chari-Baguirmi
  3. Hadjer-Lamis
  4. Wadi Fira
  5. Bahr el Gazel
  6. Borkou
  7. Ennedi
  8. Guéra
  9. Kanem
  10. Lac
  11. Logone Occidental
  1. Logone Oriental
  2. Mandoul
  3. Mayo-Kebbi Est
  4. Mayo-Kebbi Ouest
  5. Moyen-Chari
  6. Ouaddaï
  7. Salamat
  8. Sila
  9. Tandjilé
  10. Tibesti
  11. N'Djamena

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