Population: 10.5 million (UN, 2012)
Life expectancy: 53 years (men), 56 years (women) (UN)
Human Development Index: 179 / 187

Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the world. It receives less Overseas Development Assistance than many other African countries. United Purpose works in three regions: Middle Guinea, Upper Guinea and the Forest Region.

The majority of the population live in rural areas and are heavily dependent on agriculture. A third of the population are going hungry, while poor water sanitation and hygiene affects health and well-being. Guinea is a country plagued by cholera.

With over half the population living in poverty (and 20% living in extreme poverty), our work focuses on developing people’s skills to feed their families; providing clean water; educating people about hygiene and sanitation; and helping communities prepare emergency responses for extreme weather. We have helped eliminate cholera from one area of the Forest Region of Guinea.

GCRF project

We were proud to join the GCRF Underutilised Plants of Tropical Africa Hub proposal as a new project partner in October 2017. This project will create opportunities for poor communities to improve their lives by protecting plant diversity against agricultural clearance, through a collaborative interdisciplinary research and training programme. Find out more details about this project by visiting the GCRF webpage here.

Contact Details

Country Director: Cedric Martin

Head Office: Quartier Nongo à côté de l'Université Kofi Annan
B.P. 4418 Conakry, République de Guinée
T + 224 622 35 05 01