The main areas of EU support to Guinea Bissau are: conflict prevention, water, energy and general budget support for macro-economic stability.

The EU has allocated €102.8 million to Guinea Bissau under the 10th European Development Fund (2008-13). The aims are to:

  • strengthen state structures,
  • improve governance,
  • prevent conflict and encouraging national reconciliation,
  • extend the use of hydroelectric and solar energy and guaranteeing its distribution in urban areas, its
  • promote macroeconomic stability.

Additional aid will help implement the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with West Africa.

All EU projects in Guinea-Bissau address cross-cutting issues such as gender, child protection, the environment and support for non-state actors (NSAs).




Key country statistics

  • Total population (2015): 1 844 000
  • Life expectancy (at birth) (2015): 53 years (male), 57 years (female)
  • Human Development Index - Low human development (2014): 0.420
  • Population living below $1.90 a day (2010): 67.1%
  • Income share held by lowest 40% of income distribution (2010): 12.8%
  • Low income country - Gross National Income per capita (2005): 393 US$ (constant 2005 US$)
  • Average Gross Domestic Product growth over 5 years (2007-2011): 4.7%

Selected results achieved with EU support through projects and programmes completed between mid-2014 and mid-2015

Water and Sanitation

  • 36 000 people benefitted from improved drinking water as a result of 160 water points and the Catio water supply system having been rehabilitated
  • 31 000 people benefitted from improved latrines
  • 4 400 latrines were improved through so called 'Community Led Total Sanitation', a methodology to mobilise communities to eliminate open defecation
  • 9 200 pupils have benefitted from the construction of sanitation facilities
  • 77 000 people were reached with hygiene education in communities and schools


  • In 2014, 1 800 pregnant women were tested for HIV in health clinics and at the regional hospital in Gabu (up from 967 in 2011)
  • 7 000 births were supported by skilled health personnel at the regional hospital in Gabu

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