Community Development

United, resilient and sustainable communities!

Communities or tabancas are the organizational units of Guinea-Bissau, since the majority of the population lives in rural areas. In these, strong networks of relationships are established, being vehicles for the adoption of new knowledge, practices and behaviours. It is at the center of communities that education mechanisms and the development of culture and customs are developed: behaviour, dressing, celebrating and cooking pass from generation to generation, adapting to the demands and challenges. Guinea-Bissau has a unique cultural wealth due to the existence of more than 15 ethnic groups that populate this small country. However, there are many challenges that communities face, especially when hunger and poverty plague their most capable members. People seek solutions that bring prosperity: looking for jobs in big cities, regular or irregular emigration, engaging in less lawful activities or exposing themselves to situations that put their lives at risk. United and resilient communities are safe places and have members who know their rights and are able to seek appropriate solutions to their problems. We live in moments of instability and the focus will be on solutions and potential instead of problems. Hard and group work will bring more prosperity. “Old solutions never solved new problems”.

Projects

Bu Terra Ibu Lugar Seguro

Reintegration of Returned Guinean Migrants was a project implemented from August 2018 to August 2019, which addressed the problem of irregular emigration. Many young people leave their country looking for work and better living conditions, but their experiences show the opposite – they experienced hard difficulties, put their lives at risk and always return with less than when they left. The project was implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and worked with three target groups: (i) with 35 returning migrants who graduated in entrepreneurship and launched their small businesses; (ii) the local authorities that received training on irregular migration and the free movement of people within the ECOWAS space; (iii) and population in general with awareness campaigns about the risks of irregular migration through radio programs. The Human Rights Training and Awareness project was implemented in Cacheu region from November 2017 to July 2019 and was funded by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands through its Embassy in Dakar. 40 Human Rights committees were created and 400 people were trained to conduct sessions on Human Rights in the communities. There was also a focus on broadcasting radio programs and events were held in schools. The students of the Teacher Training College (TTC) were trained and contributed to the implementation of the committees in the communities, being trained to be agents of development. In terms of sustainability, new students will have the task of following up on actions and assessing the impact of the project.

The ADPP Guinea-Bissau Fundraising Activities,  Custom Fund is intended to support development projects promoted by ADPP Guinea-Bissau or by local associations in Oio region. In 2019, € 21,541 was used to support 18 Community-Based Organisations in Oio region. Funds were also directed to the families of Binar who saw the roofs of their houses destroyed after strong winds in June 2019. 2,500 sheets of zinc, 5 tons of second-hand clothes and 300 kg of second-hand shoes were offered to the 96 affected families.

Youth in Action – Culture

The Youth in Action – Culture project is being financed by the European Union and its implementing partners are Netos do Bandim Cultural Group and the Ussoforal Association. Since 2016, the objective has been to involve young people in the various districts of Bissau around culture and use it as a source of income and develop the creative economy, while contributing to the promotion of Culture as “a key lever of reconstruction and transformation of Guinea-Bissau”(Strategic and operational plan 2015 – 2020“ Terra Ranka ”) There are three cultural centers in operation – Quelélé, Enterramento and Plack II – with the completion of the Bandim cultural center in 2020. It was developed in these centers the following courses: Traditional cuisine, dance, sculpture, music, painting, theater, recycling and gender equality. Also, several cultural events were promoted during 2019 attracting 2541 participants.

In partnership with the NGO ENGIM, 316 young people were trained on entrepreneurship in the cultural area and in 2020 the six best business ideas to be financed will be selected. Through the project, 30 employees of the University Amílcar Cabral were trained in the area of Management and Cultural Policies for Development, Creativity and Innovation. The mapping of the cultural sector in Guinea Bissau has been completed.