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Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

A woman leads a civic education class.
USAID encourages women’s participation in the electoral process.
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Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

For the first time in its history Guinea held elections for a new parliament on 28 September 2013. After experienced more than 50 years of authoritarian regimes since its independence in 1958, the country swore in its first democratically elected president in December 2010.

USAID focuses on improving governance and human rights, reinforcing accountability and transparency and  partners 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. Our approach advances governance by promoting civic participation, anti-corruption and expanding transparency, especially at the local level through working with civil society and community based organizations.

Elections and Political Process

There are more than 140 political parties in Guinea, all with varied capacity and experience. we work 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. We also help political parties focus on key issues, along with recruiting and retaining women in order to promote gender balance within the decision making entities as well as supporting youth education and employment. In institutional development, USAID is building the capacity of the newly elected National Assembly, and the National Independent Electoral Commission by developing managerial and technical expertise of both institutional staff and human resources.

Human Rights and Rule of Law

We work with local organizations to make them more sustainable and simultaneously capable to address human rights issues. USAID partners with local organizations which conduct outreach and awareness campaigns so community members, especially women, children and marginalized populations, are aware of their rights and legal ways to address grievances.

Conflict Mitigation

USAID supports civil society, youth and women groups, and journalists to promote constructive civic engagement. We also promote harmony, reconciliation and national unity among stakeholders such as young men and women, public authorities, religious leaders and civil society actors by supporting peace building process through facilitated dialogue concerning politically sensitive issues.

Last updated: November 20, 2014

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