UNCDF has been present in Guinea since 1982, helping the country meet its development challenges by supporting decentralization and efforts to bolster civic participation in public management.
Today, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
Under the Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era strategy, UNCDF brings its expertise in youth financial inclusion in Guinea with the programme INTEGRA (Programme d’appui à l’intégration socio-économique des jeunes en République de Guinée) funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), in collaboration with Enabel and UNDP Guinea.
Through Local Development Finance, UNCDF is implementing Programme de développement local en Guinée (PDLG II) project to supporting decentralization and civic engagement to combat poverty.
From 2008 to 2012, UNCDF implemented the second phase of the Local Development Programme in Guinea (Programme de développement local en Guinée—PDLG II), aimed at supporting decentralization and citizen participation in the fight against poverty by means of (i) strengthening local planning capacities and the introduction of financial tools for municipal management, (ii) establishing a local development fund to finance actions for the latter, and (iii) supporting the creation of budgetary and financial transfer mechanisms and participatory planning of development actions locally. The first phase of the PDLG programme started in 2001.
The third phase (Programme de développement local en Guinée—PDLG III) ran from 2013 to 2017. The programme provided support to the government and local communities (i) to assist decentralized institutions in becoming more functional, (ii) to ensure sustainable and equitable local economic development and (iii) to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs at the regional and local levels.
In 2014, the epidemic of the Ebola fever raged Guinea and neighbouring countries—Sierra Leone and Liberia—claiming many lives. Despite the emergency measures deployed, the disease continued to spread within the country at a worrying rate. The inadequacy of awareness-raising approaches to guinean realities encouraged the government's grassroots partners, such as community development associations, to get involved in sensitizing populations with tailored approaches. The PDLG, through the local governance support programme and the post-Ebola socio-economic recovery programme, participated with their expertise in the containing and fighting the Ebola virus in the Upper Guinea region.
In 2016, UNCDF, in partnership with the UN Development Programme and the European Union, agreed to support efforts in Guinea and neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia (the so-called Bec du Perroquet region, an extremely resource-rich area) in improving the resilience of the local population through local governance bodies. The project aimed at improving security in the cross-border areas of the Forest Guinee, to ease intercommunal tensions and to contribute to perceptions of increased security.
In 2017, the Government of Guinea, the UN Capital Development Fund, the UN Development Programme and the Guinea Chamber of Mines launched the Support for improved governance of mining royalties (AGREM) programme in the communes of the prefectures of Boké and Boffa for a period of 5 years. The AGREM programme aims to promote fair, transparent and accountable practices in the management and use of resources at the local government level for sustainable and inclusive development.
UNCDF works to consolidate the decentralization process in Guinea and is recognized as a key technical partner in supporting local communities through the development of tools adapted to the national level and adopted by other stakeholders.