- Track and analyse risk and vulnerability, integrating findings into humanitarian and development programming.
- Support vulnerable populations to better cope with shocks by responding earlier to warning signals, by reducing post-crisis recovery times and by building capacity of national actors.
- Deliver coordinated and integrated life-saving assistance to people affected by emergencies.
1 . Highlights
Following the declaration of emergency by the Government of the Gambia, on March 6, 2012, the UN System in The Gambia has finalised a joint proposal to access the UN Central Emergency Response Funds (CERF), for immediate response amounting to US1.9 million. This is in line with the objective of providing immediate assistance to save lives and prevent deterioration of the nutritional status of the population most affected by the crop failure. In view of limited resources the most vulnerable in the identified areas will be targeted.
1 . Highlights
On 6 March 2012 the Minister of Agriculture, on behalf of the Government of The Gambia declared a national emergency and called for international assistance to address the consequences of a severe crop failure which hit The Gambia in the 2011/12 agricultural season.
With the aim to obtain an updated, objective and comprehensive overview on the magnitude of the impact of the heavy rains and floods that hit The Gambia during the last three months (July - September), the UN Country Team (UNCT), together with Government and NGO partners, and in close collaboration with the Regional Disaster Management Committees (RDMC) on the ground, embarked on a countrywide Rapid Joint Assessment (RJA) in September 2010.
The multi-sectoral assessment covered several dimensions that could potentially be affected by the heavy rains and floods.