Guinea Bissau

Context

For the last two decades, Guinea-Bissau has experienced major political turmoil, with successive coups and recurrent confrontations between political authorities and the military and within the political sphere. State dysfunctionality has a strong negative impact on the country’s society at large, as well as on international support to civil society, inhibiting sustainable peacebuilding and development. However, despite the political instability, the social tissue and the national identity remain strong: no consistent episodes of violence or disruption of the armed forces or between different groups in the society have been reported in the last years. This represents a significant improvement in the recent history of the country. In 2007, Interpeace set up a peacebuilding programme in collaboration with a local partner, . Through a national consultation process, Voz di Paz engaged over 6,000 Bissau-Guineans to identify the main obstacles to lasting peace in the country. Bissau-Guineans identified the lack of effective state institutions, political and institutional instability, poor administration of justice, social exclusion and a weak culture of dialogue as some of the root causes of conflict. As a result of this foundational study, the programme currently works in two main axes: conflict prevention and resolution and good governance.

Goal


Interpeace’s programme in Guinea-Bissau, implemented together with local partner Voz di Paz, aims to stimulate citizen engagement for good governance and peacebuilding, with a special focus on the most excluded groups of society.

Initiatives


Conflict prevention and resolution

Interpeace and Voz di Paz work on conflict prevention and resolution at two different levels: strengthening the role of women in conflict resolution and promoting a more inclusive traditional justice. With these objectives, the programme fostered cross-group dialogue around traditional justice practices and promoted women’s participation in traditional justice and in mediating structures at the ...



Promoting good governance

Interpeace programme is focusing on justice governance and aims to create new mechanisms and build capacities for an active citizenry empowered to monitor, evaluate and advocate for adequate public policies in the justice sector, and to integrate traditional justice into the justice sector through a peacebuilding lens. An essential component of the programme is a Participatory Barometer, which ...


Resources

Voz di Paz Brochure

Publication

January 15, 2019

Fala di Mindjer – The voices of women

Publication

October 30, 2018

Fala di Mindjer – As vozes das mulheres

Publication

March 22, 2018

Fala di Mindjer

Publication

October 3, 2017

Voz di Paz – A network for peace

Publication

December 2, 2015