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After the 2014 elections, the National People’s Assembly (NPA) set up an ad hoc committee on constitutional reform. Little progress had been made before the commission found itself paralysed, like the whole NPA, by the 2015 political crisis. The current Basic Law lacks clarity and precision in a number of important areas, starting with the delineation of the powers and clarification of competencies of the organs of state. The country needs a constitution that is designed to prevent political deadlocks, promote effective institutions and make the state more efficient and fair in its delivery of services to the people.
The Guinea-Bissau reform series
Policy Brief 1: Provide Guinea-Bissau with a new constitution to strengthen the rule of law and stability
Policy Brief 2: Guinea-Bissau: Reform electoral laws
Policy Brief 3: Guinea-Bissau: Review the Framework Law on Political Parties
Policy Brief 4: Guinea-Bissau: Pursue the construction of an independent justice system that is of use to the population
Policy Brief 5: Relaunching defence and security sector reforms in Guinea-Bissau
Policy Brief 6: Which institutional reforms for Guinea-Bissau?
About the authors
The United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) was established in 2009 by Security Council resolution 1876, of 26 June 2009. The current mandate of UNOGBIS, as specified in resolution 2404 of 28 February 2018, focus on the following priorities: i) supporting the implementation of the Conakry Agreement and facilitating an inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation process; ii) supporting, through good offices, the electoral process to ensure inclusive, free and credible legislative elections in 2018; and iii) supporting national authorities in expediting and complementing the review of the Constitution. The Mission is also mandated to assist, coordinate and lead international efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and enhance the capacity of state organs, promote and protect human rights, support the combat against drug trafficking and transnational organized crime, mainstream gender in peacebuilding efforts, and mobilize, harmonize and coordinate international assistance with view to upcoming elections.
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) builds partnerships to deepen knowledge and skills to ensure a better future for the African continent. The goal of the ISS is to improve human security in order to achieve lasting peace and prosperity. A non-profit African organisation, the ISS has offices in South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal. The Dakar office oversees, in addition to its staff, teams based in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. The work of the organisation focuses on issues related to transnational crime, migration, conflict analysis, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, crime prevention, criminal justice, and governance. The ISS mobilises its expertise, networks and influence to provide timely and credible analysis, hands-on training and technical assistance to governments and civil society. ISS actions promote the development of better policies and practices to enable policymakers to address the human security challenges facing Africa.