Country infoGuinea-Bissau

Population: 1.7 million (2012)
Per Capita Income: USD 550/year (2012)
Poverty rate*: 69% (2010)
Literacy rate: 55% (2010)
Human Development Index: Index: 176th out of 187 countries (2012)


Guinea-Bissau has experienced significant conflict both prior to and following its independence in 1974. It is not expected to achieve any of the Millennium Development Goals. Over two-thirds of the population live under the poverty line. Many women still die during child birth. Despite progress in reducing its child mortality rate, one in 10 children still die before reaching the age of 5 and a quarter of all children under 5 are moderately to severely malnourished. The HIV/AIDS pandemic, malaria and TB continue to advance, resulting in a particularly low life expectancy. Education for all and equality of the sexes is progressing, but more slowly than the Millennium Development Goals' targets.

Sources: indexmundi, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank
*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.

Teacher training


The project aims to increase the number of skilled primary school teachers in rural areas by enabling ten students (of whom 50% are women) to complete the three-year pre-service training at ADPP’s government-accredited Teacher Training Centre in Bachil, Cacheu region.

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Preventing youth migration
The Swiss Foundation of the International Social Service (SFISS)


The project aims to enable 60 vulnerable families from three villages to improve their livelihoods by developing income-generating activities.

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