Guinea • context

Italian Cooperation has been present in Guinea for more than thirty years, with the aim of reducing poverty and promoting the participation of local actors in development in the country. With around 50 million in aid for gifts, and using the Guinean resources freed by debt cancellation in 2003, Italy has supported the development of the basic associative fabric by adopting a participatory methodology without equal in the country.

The decision to include Guinea among the priority countries in the 2013-2015 three-year period has opened up new perspectives for Italian cooperation. More recently, and in particular since the establishment of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Dakar in 2016, also accredited in Guinea, funding has focused on regional programs implemented by international organizations and activities funded to non-governmental organizations, through specific budget lines.

In general, the agricultural sector, with support for the production of producer groups in the poorest areas, is considered a priority both in terms of the impact on povertỳ and the involvement of non-structured but rooted actors in the territory. Furthermore, in synergy with the sectoral governmental priorities, Italy's commitment in the health sector was defined, with the ultimate aim of improving the health status of the Guinean population through the restoration and strengthening of the country's national health system following the Ebola epidemic.