USAID is partnering with Guinea to strengthen democratic institutions and practices, fight corruption, help national and local government units become more efficient and accountable, and build the capacity of civil society and the media. USAID’s approach has been to advance governance, especially at the local level, by working through USAID’s flagship program, Faisons Ensemble (“Working Together”). This multi-sectorial project is unusual in that health, education, agriculture and natural resource management are integrated into a common intervention emphasizing democratic governance.
Elections and Political Process
There are more than 140 political parties in Guinea, all with varied capacity and experience. USAID is working to ensure political parties can be more effective by establishing and institutionalizing a code of conduct that has been formally adopted by the country’s most prominent political parties. In addition, USAID is helping political parties focus on key issues, along with recruiting and retaining women in order to promote gender balance within the decision making entities in Guinea. Regarding institutional development, USAID is currently working to build the capacity of the National Independent Electoral Commission by developing managerial and technical expertise of both commissioners and institutional staff.
Human Rights and Rule of Law
USAID is working with local organizations to be more sustainable and simultaneously address human rights in Guinea. Specifically, USAID partners with local organizations who conduct information campaigns so local communities (especially women, children and marginalized populations) are aware of their rights and legal ways to address grievances.
USAID is working with civil society, youth groups and journalists to promote constructive civic engagement. In addition, USAID will work to promote harmony and reconciliation among stakeholders such as youth, government authorities and civil society by supporting facilitated dialogue concerning politically sensitive issues.
Last updated: May 10, 2013