GIZ has been working in Guinea on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since the late 1980s, and has an office in Conakry, one seconded staff member and 45 national personnel.
Fertile soil, rich mineral deposits, diverse landscapes and a port offering a gateway to the world – Guinea seems to have everything in place for economic, social and tourism development. However, until recently, the political class has been unable to harness this considerable economic potential. Instead, the country’s development has been hampered by political unrest, strikes and corruption. Guinea is one of the lowest-ranking countries on the United Nations’ Human Development Index. Since the mid-1990s, poverty has continued to worsen among the approximately 11 million inhabitants, and half of the population is living on less than one US dollar a day.
Following the parliamentary elections in late 2013 and the establishment of the parliament in January 2014, the political situation in the country became much less turbulent. The German Government has re-established cooperation arrangements with Guinea. Two programmes designed to promote reproductive and family health as well as primary education are currently in development. They are due to be implemented from 2015 onward.
Working on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ’s activities for 2014 focus on promoting the basic social services of education and health, both of which directly benefit the population in rural areas.
GIZ is also implementing the project ‘PR Fund management HIV-AIDS Guinea’ on behalf of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Projects and Programmes
economic development and employment
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