The Peacebuilding Fund in Guinea-Bissau
Guinea-Bissau has experienced persistent instability, with recurring political crises and tensions between the civilian and military leadership. Since August 2015, Guinea-Bissau has been facing another cycle of institutional crisis and political instability. After a brief period of national peacebuilding efforts under the Government’s Terra Ranka program in 2014, disagreements between key political players paralyzed the implementation of urgent reforms.
The international community, led by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has provided strong support to the political process and the national reform agenda, in particular under the “Guinea-Bissau P5” formula (the African Union (AU), the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), ECOWAS, the European Union (EU), and the UN). But the political impasse, with 7 different prime ministers in the current legislative period alone, has paralyzed the country and made cooperation between international partners and the Government, including the work of the PBF Executive Committee, extremely difficult. The recent appointment of Aristides Gomes as a consensual Prime Minister, however, could be a major breakthrough.
PBF Investments in Guinea-Bissau:
Total allocation: $40 million invested since 2008
Current portfolio: $9.5 million
Security sector reform
Partners: FAO, UNDP, UNIOGBIS, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNODC, UNOPS, UNWOMEN, WFP, Interpeace