In 2010, the political situation in Guinea stabilised when Alpha Condé was elected as the first democratic president after 50 years of dictatorship. However, events like the attempted coup d’etat in July 2010 show that the political situation still remains delicate and with Presidential elections scheduled to take place in October 2015, concerns remain. Guinea faces numerous challenges, including conflict related to ethnic tensions, poverty, land and natural resource access/use. In addition, Guinea and the wider Mano River Union region have been affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since 2014, threatening social cohesion and undermining livelihoods.
Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been present in Guinea since 2008 where it has implemented various projects in relation to Protection, Livelihoods, WASH and more recently an integrated response to the Ebola epidemic. More information can be found here.
DRC/DDG Cross-border Project with the Mano River Union (MRU)
While borders often offer trade, exports, employment, education, migration and natural resource-related opportunities, they also present security risks, such as banditry, organised crime and illicit trafficking in people, drugs and weapons, posing threats to community safety and stability for communities and border authorities.
DRC and DDG are implementing an integrated cross-border project in four border areas affected by Ebola (Guinea-Liberia, Guinea-Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea-Mali) in close collaboration with Mano River Union (MRU). MRU is a sub-regional organisation established by Sierra Leone and Liberia (1973), and joined by Guinea (1980) and Côte d'Ivoire in 2008 that works for cooperation and regional integration.
The overall purpose of this European Union-funded project is to strengthen community safety, conflict prevention and socio-economic resilience. More specifically, the main objectives of this project are to:
- Carry out a thorough socio-economic and security diagnosis in the MRU region prior to project implementation and develop integrated mechanisms in relation to the communities and authorities in the area of operation.
- Reduce armed violence and build the capacity of communities, border authorities and the MRU’s border staff in the areas of protection, social cohesion and resilience.
- Restore trust and social cohesion between border communities and authorities.
- Promote socio-economic recovery in fragile border areas which have been affected by the closure of borders as a result of Ebola.
DRC/DDG have carried out a thorough assessment of the health, socio-economic and security needs in target communities to inform the design of the project. DRC/DDG presented the preliminary results of the assessment for validation by key stakeholders from the four countries at a workshop in Conakry in September 2015.
The reports related to the assessment can be found on the top right hand corner.
For further information about DRC programming in Guinea: https://www.drc.dk/where-we-work/central-and-west-africa/guinea