Economic Development Project for the Southern Regions (PADES)


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Economic Development Project for the Southern Regions

PADES aims to revitalize the rural economy and improve food security and poverty in the regions of Tombali, Quinara, Bolama and Bijagos. About 40 per cent of direct beneficiaries are women and 42 per cent are young people.

Although not a second phase of the previous Projet de Réhabilitation Rurale et de Développement Communautaire (PRRDC), which closed in 2013, PADES draws on some of its activities ─ including community development and microfinance. However, PADES has a stronger economic development focus on infrastructure and the promotion of rice production.

The rehabilitation of mangrove swamps within the project zone for the purpose of rice production is a key feature of PADES. Current rice output meets one third of local demand.

The project also promotes alternative income-generation activities such as market gardening, small-scale livestock production, capacity strengthening of rural organizations and improved access to markets.

President’s report:

Proposed loan and grant to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau for the Economic Development Project for the Southern Regions (PADES)
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Status: Ongoing
Approval Date
17 April 2015
2015 - 2022
Rural Development
Total Project Cost
US$ 36.68 million
IFAD Financing
US$ 24.04 million
Co-financiers (International)
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 6 million
Co-financiers (Domestic)
National Government US$ 2.3 million
National Government In-kind US$ 1.58 million
Beneficiaries US$ 1.7 million
Financing terms
DSF Grant/Highly Concessional
Project ID
Project Contact
Marcelin Norvilus

President's reports

Project design reports

Project design reports

Rapport de conception finale, Juin 2015 Region: West and Central Africa
Rapport de conception finale Region: West and Central Africa

Environmental and social impact assessment

Final environmental and social management framework

Interim (mid-term) review report

Interim (mid-term) review report

Resettlement action framework

PCR digest

Special study

Project list

Project completion report