Guinean civil society gears up to monitor and support state reform

A Civil Society Organizations Network for Public Policy Monitoring was formally established in Bissau today through a Constituent Assembly on April 26.

26 Apr 2019

Guinean civil society gears up to monitor and support state reform

12 civil society organizations, including the Guinean Human Rights League and Tiniguena, which have coordinated the works.

The idea of ​​setting up the network came from the group of organizations that have been following up on the Conakry Agreement of 10 September 2016 and have drafted the Stability Pact of 14 February 2019, which outline the priority reforms for stability of the country: the State Reform in particular accountability and transparency in institutional decision-making; the Reform of the Constitution; Electoral law reform; Reform of the law of political parties; Reform of the Defense and Security sectors; Reform of the justice sector;

Their goal is to contribute and monitor the implementation of reforms, to produce an annual report and recommendations and to alert national and international public opinion to facts and perceptions contrary to this process by promoting debates, workshops, conferences among others.

The membership of the Network can include members of organizations that have legal standing as civil society organizations in accordance with the legislation in force in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, have approved statutes and a strategic program (if any) consistent with public policy monitoring activities and are independent of any political party without prejudice to the free individual membership of its members.

The headquarters of the new Network will be, for the time being, in the premises of the NGO Tiniguena, in Belém, Bissau.

This initiative is supported by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund through the United Nations Integrated Office for the Consolidation of Peace in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The Civil Society Organizations that have already signed the agreement and became members of the  network are: Anadec - National Action for Community Development; the Council of Women Facilitators; Djembe of Cumpu Combersa; Essor - International Solidarity Association; Farol, (Public Law of Guinea-Bissau); LGDH - Guinean Human Rights League; o ODG - Observatory of Democracy and Governance; ODZH - Organization for the Defense and Development of Wetlands; PPM - Women's Political Platform; RECEPT-GB - Network of the Education for All Campaign, and Tiniguena - This Land is ours.

The group of organizations has discussed and announced their first activities aimed at monitoring tools and to prepare its members. These are a series of preparatory workshops on the reforms that will take place in May and June in Bissau, at Hotel Lisboa, with the support of an international consultant, Carlos Sangreman, and several national experts.

Upcoming workshops:

Security Sector Reform - 06 and 07 of May

Facilitators: Iussufi Mané and Hermenegildo Pereira

Electoral Law + Law of Political Parties (one day each) - May 15 and 16

Facilitators: Amine Saad, Luís Vaz Martins and Odeira Varella (last to be confirmed)

Justice Sector Reform - May 21 and 22

Facilitators: Carmelita Pires and João Biague

Constitutional Reform - provisional date: week 27-30 May (to be confirmed)

Facilitators: Faculty of Law (to be confirmed)

Reform of the State - provisional date: week 17-21 June (to be confirmed)

Facilitators: Jorge Queta, Manuela Lopes and Rita Páscoa Santos