Overview Guinea-Bissau

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Guinea-Bissau remains one of the least developed countries in the world with the vast majority of the population being at risk of poverty. Most people are forced to rely on networks of family and friends or on private charity for social security.

Although debts have been reduced and economic development has been very positive in recent years, low incomes and the low quality of government services – particularly education, health, and security – have contributed to this outcome. The economy remains poorly diversified and marked by multilevel corruption.

Guinea-Bissau’s government has shown little innovation and flexibility. It often followed old routines, paid little attention to effective monitoring and evaluation of its politics, and has not engaged in best practices.

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