Guinea-Bissau: UN supports rural infrastructures and services

28 December 2007

Rome, Italy, 28 Dec – Rehabilitation projects of infrastructures and social services in deprived rural areas of Guinea-Bissau are to benefit from a US$ 5.6 million funding package, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the United Nations has said.

In a communiqué, IFAD said the Program for Rehabilitation and Development of the Rural Community aims to involve residents of exonomicall depressed rural communities, public administration, NGOs and the private sector in the “development of social and economic initiatives to improve earnings and living conditions, while simultaneously rebuilding communities.”

The accord was formalized last week in Rome by Guinean Agricultural Minister Daniel Suleimane Embalo and IFAD chairman Lennart Bage.

Under the agreement, IFAD is donating US$ 4.7 million and the Bissau authorities and other participants will provide a further US$ 800,000.

The project will rebuild 65 kilometers of rural highways, improve basic social services and strengthen key organizations. It will also “emphasize the role of society’s most vulnerable groups, women and young people, in implementing the projects and the process of decision making at community level.”

IFAD’s program director for Guinea, Cristiana Sparacino, said “the political scenario has developed positively since 1999,” adding that assistance from the international community is vital to “help consolidate the new framework (political and institutional) and activate an overdue process of economic growth.” (macauhub)