UNDP Guinea-Bissau

Present in the country since the signature of the Cooperation Agreement with the Government of Guinea-Bissau on 29 June, 1975, immediately after the independence, UNDP focuses its interventions in the country in the support to good governance, sustainable, inclusive and resilient development, working for a future that offers equality, dignity and opportunities for all following the commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Republic of Guinea-Bissau is part of the Small Islands and Developing States (SIDS), due to its high vulnerability to flooding, drought e increase of the sea level.

UNDP is partnering with the Government of Guinea-Bissau, local and international NGOs, the sister UN agencies, Civil Society Organizations, private sector and local communities to identify local solutions to face global and national development challenges through access to methodology, knowledge sharing, consulting and wide network of technical international cooperation. The actual development challenges cannot be faced independently as they are interconnected. It means that the way we are working and the solutions we are developing need to be integrated. The operational presence in the country as well as in other countries allows UNDP, in partnership with other institutions, to work efficiently, offering integrated solutions.

UNDP team in Guinea-Bissau is led by the Resident Representative, Mr. Tjark Egenhoff, Mr. José Gabriel Levy, Deputy Resident Representative and Head of Programme and Ms. Negar Arefi, Deputy Resident Representative and Head of Operations.


"Terra Talk" event, February 2020


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.


Women participating in the Local Development Council


In addition, UNDP Guinea-Bissau has been supporting women empowerment and youth at community level through capacity building, promotion of women rights, gender equality, 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 reduce insecurity and strengthening 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 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 Regional and Local level to ensure the coordination of all development actors in the selected regions, ensuring the coherence with national sectorial 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. In 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 name “Terra Talk”.


Citizen waiting to vote on legislative election of March 2019


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 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 in 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 environment benefits and plan and systems of risk reduction and disaster.

The projects have been focusing in 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 also have been focusing in the elaboration of a data information system on climate and early alert for resilience to climate. Strengthening 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 in 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.


Women cultivating with techniques and methods respectfull of environment



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