Strong rule of law lies partly in citizens’ confidence in law enforcement’s impartiality and fairness. PartnersGlobal and our Conakry-based partners, CECIDE and COGINTA, share a mutual belief in respect for fundamental rights. Together, we implemented the Partners for Security in Guinea program from 2015-2020. The project educated citizens on their rights and engaged youth, women and local leaders in community safety and crime prevention dialogues with the Guinea National Police. Police officers also received training on better policing etiquette. All of these efforts helped to improve community and law enforcement trust and cooperation in Conakry (Dixinn and Kaloum,) Kindia, Kankan, Labé, Mamou, and Siguiri.
In 2017, with support from COGINTA and CECIDE, PartnersGlobal organized a successful Share Fair in Conakry with over 700 participants. Many of them returned for a second Share Fair in December 2019. These events created spaces for open dialogue between Guinean policymakers, practitioners and civil society organizations on crime prevention policies, localized solutions and security priorities at the national and local levels. The Share Fairs also strengthened bonds and collaboration between youth and police through soccer tournaments with mixed police and youth teams.
Due to the increased involvement of women, youth, local leaders and trained police officers in promoting security in the Dixinn and Kaloum sub-prefectures of Conakry, the Partners for Security in Guinea program, which was initially slated to end in 2017, was extended through the end of 2020i. In these years, we implemented project activities in Conakry and five more regions in Guinea: Kindia, Kankan, Labé, Mamou, and Siguiri.
This project was funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
Check out the project’s Guide to Best Practices – Partners for Security in Guinea: Reforming the Police to Better Inform Citizens.
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