Despite its vast natural and mineral resources, Guinea remains one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2010 Professor Alpha Condé, a lifelong democratic activist, was elected President. This first step towards democracy was hailed by the Guinean people as an opportunity for the country to reverse its fortunes. But as President Condé put it himself “I inherited a country but I did not inherit a state”.
Since AGI started to work in Guinea in 2011, the overall goal of the project has been to support the President to deliver the priority public infrastructures and policies needed to set his country on track for economic growth and poverty reduction. AGI continues to fund work at the centre of government and in the large project delivery unit, to help them deliver their priorities.
We have supported several successful projects, including the dam which will double energy capacity in Guinea, 9,000 solar powered street lights nationwide, and a youth centre in Conakry. More recently, we have made an important contribution to supporting better coordination during the Ebola response and helping to foster cross-border surveillance.