Conakry is the capital and largest city of Guinea. It is located on a peninsula at the Atlantic coast. The harbour is an important trading post which exports various goods such as exotic fruits, coffee, cocoa and fish.The living conditions for the majority of the population remain precarious. This is partly due to the fact that the city has more than doubled in size in the last thirty years. The majority of people live in informal settlements. These conditions have led to increased crime rates and social unrest.
Since 1989, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Conakry.
Even though Guinea is rich in natural resources, it faces many socio-economic challenges.
More than half of the population lives in poverty and 22% of households are food insecure. This means that they lack regular access to nutritious food.
Living in poverty means that many people live on less than 1,90 USD a day and struggle to fulfil the most basic needs like health, education, and access to water and sanitation.
Conakry has experienced rapid growth over the years. This growth was not systematically managed and has led to poor housing conditions.
Informal housing, like slums, are characterized by a lack of durable and permanent housing that protects against extreme weather conditions. They lack sufficient living space, easy access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. Informal housing is also a place where people are exposed to many diseases because of the poor water and sanitation conditions. Many diseases will spread easily either through contaminated water or the high population density.