The project entitled “Civil society supporting vulnerable stakeholders and the environment in urban and rural communities in Forest Guinea” (Saveur-GF), funded by the European Union and implemented by GRET and Guinean NGOs Acord-Guinée and Social action for community development (ADC), was launched on 15 January 2020.
The project aims to strengthen the skills, organisation and effectiveness of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the forest region, in order to create a network of influential stakeholders involved in public affairs for the benefit of populations. The project is focusing on several central themes in the region, such as protection of the environment; mitigation of climate change and adaptation to its effects; recognition and defence of local rights to access, use and manage natural resources; and management and prevention of conflicts relating to these resources.
The first stage of the project consists of an institutional and organisational diagnosis of CSOs in Forest Guinea, as well as a thematic diagnosis of issues identified. On the one hand, this will involve better awareness and understanding of all stakeholders and regional complexity, focusing on local NGO, association and farmer organisation networks. On the other hand, CSOs and other key stakeholders in the territory will collectively define the priority issues in their region, confronting their respective viewpoints to reconcile them and identify levers for collective action. Consultation workshops at prefecture and regional body level will conclude these diagnostics. This first stage will be fundamental for the preparation and implementation of the various project actions, which will be geared towards strengthening CSOs’ capacities, facilitation and mobilisation of frameworks for dialogue, and the creation and governance of a fund to support funding of CSO initiatives.
The Saveur-GF project is implemented thanks to funding from the European Union (EU) and Agence française de développement (AFD). The content of this article is the sole responsibility of GRET and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the EU or AFD.