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23 May 2018 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 22 May 2018

A total of €1.45 billion were mobilised by the International Conference for The Gambia, co-chaired by The Gambia and the European Union.

The reinforced political and financial support by the international community will assist The Gambia in continuing its democratic transition, building on strong democratic institutions, the respect of human rights and the rule of law, and sustainable and shared economic growth.

16 May 2018 description

In Numbers

250 mt of food assistance distributed (in April)

USD 22,400 cash-based transfers made

USD 2,452,709 six months (May-October 2018) net funding requirements

115,917 people assisted in April 2018

Operational Updates

16 May 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Ghanaian Groups Urge Prosecution of Yahya Jammeh

(Accra) – A paramilitary unit controlled by then-Gambian president Yahya Jammeh summarily executed more than 50 Ghanaian, Nigerian, and other West African migrants in July 2005, Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International said today.

07 May 2018 description

Banjul, 6 – 12 May 2018 - The UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar will support the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) to organize a community and school outreach awareness raising program on flooding, in the riverine communities of Jarra Soma and Basse, in the Lower River Division of the Gambia, between 8 and 12 May 2018.

20 Apr 2018 description

In Numbers

384 mt of food assistance distributed (in March)

USD 24,238 cash-based transfers made

USD 2,452,709 six months (April-September 2018) net funding requirements

137,907 people assisted in March 2018

Operational Updates

30 Mar 2018 description

In Numbers

140 mt of food assistance distributed (in February)

USD 38,144 Cash based transfers made USD

2,452,709 six months (March-August 2018) net funding requirements

122,228 people assisted in FEBRUARY 2018

Operational Updates

16 Mar 2018 description

Government of the Gambia launches new project on Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans with support from joint FAO-UNDP NAP-Ag Programme

16 March 2018, The Gambia – In an effort to prepare its agricultural sector for the impacts of climate change and support low-carbon, climate-resilient development, the Government of the Gambia launched a new project on Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans this month.

09 Mar 2018 description

Dingiri, The Gambia: When Bundauda Samasa was a boy, everyone knew to the day when the rains would start and stop sprinkling the fields in The Gambia’s Upper River Region, and what harvest of groundnuts, vegetables, rice and pulses to expect.

Now standing in his bleached, patchy fields skirting Dingiri village as donkeys pick at the odd tufts of straw, kicking up clouds of terracotta dust, 57-year-old Samasa yearns for the days when life was predictable because the seasons didn’t change.

26 Feb 2018 description

On 3 January 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH), Senegal notified WHO of a case of Rift Valley fever, a 52-year-old Korean man who was a resident of Gambia. The case was reported from a hospital in Dakar.

19 Feb 2018 description

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, concluded on 18 February a three-day visit to The Gambia.

The objective of the visit was to renew UN’s engagement to support the authorities of The Gambia in their efforts towards the implementation of new and vital reforms.

06 Feb 2018 description

UN Environment will implement the largest natural resource development project in the history of The Gambia to help the West African nation tackle climate change impacts and restore degraded forests, farmland and coastal zones.

Funded by a $20.5 million Green Climate Fund (GCF) grant and $5 million from the Government of the Gambia, the "Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation Project in The Gambia" (EbA) was launched in January in the capital Banjul.

01 Feb 2018 description

Staff at the WHO Country Office (WCO) have today been trained on the new Emergency Response Framework (ERF) 2017.

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • Advisory Board of the Zero Hunger Strategic review validated draft recommendations

  • Four-day meeting conducted with relevant stakeholders to develop a national school meals programme.

  • Garden materials or 86 school in the Upper River Region were handed over tot the School Agriculture and Food Monitoring unit.

Operational Updates

30 Jan 2018 description

Thousands of thwarted migrants are returning to Gambia, straining its government as officials scramble to get European-funded reintegration projects up and running

By Nellie Peyton

BANJUL, Jan 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jobless, restless and frustrated, 24-year-old Saikou Jammeh persuaded his father to sell the family home and give up his life savings to pay for the journey from Gambia to Europe.

26 Jan 2018 description

Banjul – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) together with the Government of The Gambia assisted 144 Gambian migrants to return home on Monday (22/01), of which 17 came from Trig al Seka detention centre. A flight chartered by IOM Libya landed at Banjul international airport with six women and one child on board.

These returns were among the 1,155 migrants flown out of Libya this year through 24 January, and the more than 19,000 rescued overall from dire conditions in the North African country (see chart below). Another 592 left on 25 January as well.

19 Jan 2018 description

Banjul – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in collaboration with the HOPE Foundation this week (17/01) held a reintegration information session for 120 returnees in the Gambian capital Banjul. The first such session in the West African nation was organized to address questions pertaining to the reintegration assistance returnees are entitled to receive under the EU-IOM Joint initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration.

13 Dec 2017 description
report European Union

European Asylum Support Office

Introduction

This report was drafted by the Country of Origin Information (COI) unit of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and provides a summary of the SEM’s findings on selected topics regarding The Gambia.

This report was translated into English. An extended quality review was performed by COI specialists from EU+ countries, by an external expert and by EASO. All drafters and reviewers are mentioned in the Acknowledgements section.

12 Dec 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Bill Should Ban Amnesties for Most Serious Crimes

12 Dec 2017 description

Highlights

• Zero Hunger technical thematic group consulations were held from 17 to 19 October 2017.

• The first monthly distribution exercise commenced for targeted and blanket supplementary feeding.

• On World Food Day 2017, WFP provided stitching machines and weighing scales to thirteen smallholder farmer associations.

Operational Updates

30 Nov 2017 description
report UNOPS

UNOPS will help improve access to markets and socio-economic facilities for some of the most vulnerable populations in the Gambia.

With funding from the European Union, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure and the National Roads Authority, the three-year programme is set to rehabilitate around 104 km of rural roads in Upper River, North Bank and Central River regions.