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04 Oct 2017 description

Policymakers continuing to wrestle with issue of how sustaining peace, prevention and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development work together, could look no further than The Gambia as a case study. The country’s fragile transition since national elections in January this year provide considerable room for studying and responding to the root causes of conflict by pursuing both peace and development in a holistic manner.

04 Sep 2017 description

BANJUL – The European Union has contributed more than €4 million (US$4.6million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)’s efforts to offer quality food to Gambia’s children and reduce economic pressures on Gambian families.

31 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • Mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) data collection through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI) on food security started in July.

Operational Updates

10 Aug 2017 description

More than 3 billion people- nearly half the world’s population- are at risk for malaria, a preventable disease spread by mosquitoes. Insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), are one of the most effective tools in preventing malaria and reducing deaths.

31 Jul 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP has started collaboration with UNICEF and its government counterparts on the use of the SCOPE beneficiary registration and transfer management platform.

  • The launching of the joint nutrition project (Envelope B) was conducted in June.

Operational Updates

24 Jul 2017 description

An event to celebrate the advancements and achievements in Malaria reduction in The Gambia was held on the 11th of July 2017. Speaking at the celebration reception on behalf of the Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti and, on behalf of the entire UN system working in the Gambia, Professor Jean-Marie Dangou, WHO Representative in the Gambia commended the Government, people of The Gambia, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, National Malaria Control Programme, health workers and development partners for the extraordinary achievements.

13 Jul 2017 description

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, July 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gambia could become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate malaria on its track record of combating the mosquito-borne disease but more donor funds are needed for the "last mile" of the drive, health experts said on Wednesday.

The prevalence of the malaria parasite in children under five has plunged to 0.2 percent from 4 percent in 2011, according to the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP).

29 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP, FAO and Government of The Gambia partners national consultations on Purchase from African for Africans with the objective of identifying challenges, constraints and potential for production across the value chain.

Operational Updates

  • A total of 80,229 schoolchildren and cooks were targeted for assistance by WFP in April. WFP provided food assistance to pre and primary school children in Greater Banjul Area, West Coast, Lower River, Central River, North Bank and Upper River Regions.

08 Jun 2017 description

GENEVA (8 June 2017) – The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances* will undertake its first official visit to The Gambia from 12 to 19 June.

During the mission, a delegation comprised by Ms. Houria Es-Slami, who currently heads the Working Group, and Mr. Henrikas Mickevicius, will study the measures adopted by the State to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for the victims of enforced disappearances. 

05 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP, FAO and government partners conducted regional community consultations on Purchase from African for Africans with the objective of identifying challenges, constraints and potential for production across the value chain.

Operational Updates

23 May 2017 description

West Africa has witnessed a series of peaceful presidential and legislative elections, held in accordance with democratic standards and principles recognized by the African Union, ECOWAS and the United Nations. Contrary to undemocratic practices in the past, marked by coups d’état and protracted regimes, political change is gradually taking root in the region.

14 May 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Erratic rains affected 2016 crop production

  • Humanitarian assistance continues to be needed

Erratic rainfall resulted in below-average 2016 cereal harvest

Currently, seasonably dry conditions prevail in most parts of the country. Land preparation is underway and planting of the 2017 cereal crops is expected to start in the weeks ahead with the onset of the rains.

21 Apr 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

New Government Should Develop Roadmap for Prosecutions

(Nairobi) – Gambia’s government should act to prosecute those responsible for grave crimes committed during the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh. Fair trials are crucial for victims and their families and for building respect for the rule of law in the country.

12 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Zero Hunger Country Strategic Review has officially begun.

  • A total of 8,817 people were assisted under the immediate response emergency operation (IR-EMOP 201036) in March 2017.

Operational Updates

10 Apr 2017 description
report European Union

The Mission concluded: "Goodwill on behalf of the people and institutions of The Gambia provides for the restoration of key democratic rights".

EU EOM The Gambia Chief Observers presents the Preliminary Statement

Banjul, 8 April.

07 Apr 2017 description

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, congratulates the Government and the people of The Gambia for the peaceful and inclusive legislative elections of 6 April. He applauds Gambian political parties and candidates for their active participation in the elections, as well as the Independent Electoral Commission for its efforts in ensuring the people's right to elect their representatives in the National Assembly.

29 Mar 2017 description
report IRIN

Louise Hunt, Freelance journalist and regular IRIN contributor specialising in social affairs and international development

“I am very happy to be home,” said 18-year-old Mohammed Nyabally, sitting on the steps of his uncle’s house in Serekunda, a town near The Gambia’s coast.

Just two weeks earlier, he was languishing in a prison near Tripoli; his third spell in detention during the nine months he spent in Libya trying to board a boat to cross the Mediterranean.

24 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Zero Hunger Country Strategic Review has officially begun.

  • A total of 7,416 people were assisted under the immediate response emergency operation (IR-EMOP 201036) in February 2017.

Operational Updates

24 Mar 2017 description

Monthly regional mixed migration summary for February 2017 covering mixed migration events, incidents, trends and data for the West Africa region

21 Mar 2017 description
report European Union

In response to an invitation by the Gambian authorities, the European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to The Gambia to observe the Parliamentary elections scheduled for 6 April 2017. This would be the first time the EU would be deploying a fully-fledged EOM in The Gambia, reflecting the EU's commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country in a framework of broader democratic reforms.