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Overview

UNDP is focusing its efforts on supporting a democratic, inclusive and efficient governance by defending, advising and promoting impartial spaces for dialogue and consensus and contributing to strengthen the institutions. UNDP office in Guinea-Bissau supports: 

  1. Capacity building and modernization of the institutions at all levels of governance to strengthen services that can respond to the citizens’ needs and effectively contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, the establishment of strategic partnerships, resources mobilization and promotion of intersectoral coordination; 
  2. The justice reform to ensure access to justice for all and most specifically the most vulnerable and contributes to the national efforts to fight against organized crime; 
  3. Promotes more pacific and inclusive societies supporting the local participation systems, creating spaces for dialogue and strengthening civil society.

UNDP has been supporting national efforts to enhance social cohesion and peace, strengthening institutional capacity and citizens’ trust in the State’s commitment to work for national reconciliation and stabilization and has been contributing to the improvement of justice service, the management of electoral organs and the preparation and organization of local, legislative and presidential elections.

 

In addition, UNDP Guinea-Bissau has been supporting women empowerment and youth at the community level through capacity building, promotion of women's rights, gender equality, and putting women at the center of the current justice reform as well as the journalist’s capacity building. We also have been supporting the fight against transnational crime and drug traffic contributing thus to reducing insecurity and strengthening the technical and administrative capacities of the institutions involved in the implementation and monitoring of the Peace Building Fund-funded projects in Guinea-Bissau.

Regarding inclusive growth and poverty reduction, UNDP supports local economic development in 3 pilot regions – Gabu, Cacheu, and Quinara – aiming at effectively reducing poverty in those regions through localization of SDGs, improvement of food security, and promotion of local economic development with the social contract at the heart of our efforts. This support aims at strengthening the capacity of local administration and civil society (specifically women associations) in the provision of basic services on gender equality, climate change, and transparency; supporting the coordination, financing, and development planning structure at the Regional and Local level to ensure the coordination of all development actors in the selected regions, ensuring the coherence with national sectoral strategies, accelerating SDG achievements and enhancing local economic capacity and mobilizing resources to fund and invest in the Local Development Plans.

UNDP’s valuable contributions as United Nations integrator organization and principal partner of Guinea-Bissau focuses mainly on technical capacity building of the public administration and civil society organization’s staff on administration and Result Based Management (RBM).

UNDP also supports Guinea-Bissau in the area of substantive analysis, planning, and technical and institutional capacity building in the formulation and execution of public policies, resource mobilization, and aid coordination. On the other hand, we work in partnership with the National Statistical Institute to map the SDG-related indicators in the country.

To promote experience sharing of innovative ideas, UNDP created a space of debate named “Terra Talk”.

 

In the difficult context of COVID-19, UNDP led the national Socio-Economic Impact Assessment effort in partnership with the United Nations sister agencies in the country and is also contributing to the national response to COVID-19 through concrete and rapid actions.

UNDP’s support to national authorities has been valuable in the implementation of the 2025 Guinea-Bissau Vision and its Strategic and Operational Plan 2015-2020 named “Terra Ranka”, as well as the integration in the National Planning System of the SDG, the fragility assessment as part of the New Deal in Guinea-Bissau and the Roadmap of the Small and Insular Development States (SIDS)

In this context, UNDP tends to continue to support Guinea-Bissau in the provision of innovative solutions for new challenges as part of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.

UNDP Guinea-Bissau is integrating the Accelerator Lab initiative and will be part of the 60 Labs currently providing support to 78 countries in the world, with the mission of exploring and generating collective intelligence to inform the new way of doing development, with the promotion of a major dialogue with local innovators.  

In the area of Environment, Risks, and Disasters, UNDP focuses on ensuring environmental sustainability through an improved natural resources management, strengthened resilience capacity to climate change, access to low carbon renewable energy, climate change strategies, biodiversity conservation, economic evaluation of environmental benefits and plan and systems of risk reduction and disaster.

The projects have been focusing on the implementation of policies and plans in the sectors of agriculture and water that integrate risks and opportunities of climate change; in the management and monitoring of climate risks in coastal areas; in strengthening financial sustainability and efficiency of protected areas management; in the mitigation of climate change, in strengthening governmental institutions and civil society to improve living conditions of local communities; in the capacity building and dissemination of best practices in natural resources management including sustainable technologies of low carbon renewable energies.

On the other hand, we have also been focusing on elaborating a data information system on climate and early alert for resilience to climate. Strengthening the technical capacities of the National Service of Civil Protection also constitutes a priority for UNDP.

UNDP Guinea-Bissau elaborated a COVID-19 response offer to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic. The actions will be focused on the following pillars:

  1. Strengthening of the health system to respond to COVID-19;
  2. Management of intersectoral and multisectoral crisis response and 
  3. Elaboration of a Socio-Economic Impact Assessment and a Recovery Plan.