Mission Statement: "Our
vision is to become a dynamic, responsive and valuable partner to the
people of The Gambia in pursuit of human dignity and a better life for
all. Our mission is to support the Government and people of The Gambia
to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable human development.
We will strive for excellence and impartiality and creatively respond
to the development needs of The Gambia in line with national priorities
and in accordance with our comparative advantage."
UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating
for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources
to help people build a better life.
In The Gambia UNDP seeks to be a valued, trusted and reliable development
partner to the Government and all key stakeholders in national development.
As The Gambia formulates its own development solutions, UNDP provides
ideas, access to its global knowledge networks and technical expertise
to boost capacity development and to promote national efforts to eradicate
poverty and attain the Millennium Development Goals. Read more
New UN report reflects voices of more than 1 million people on development issues
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNDP Administrator
Helen Clark launch "A Million Voices: The World We
Want" report at press conference. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras
10 September 2013 – The voices of more than 1 million people
all over the world were gathered to produce a United Nations
report launched today that reflects their priorities concerning
development issues, which will help Member States shape the
post-2015 sustainability agenda.
The report, A Million Voices: The World We Want is the result
of 88 national consultations, 11 thematic dialogues and an online
global survey, which were carried out over the past year.
The report is meant to help Member States draft a successor
framework to the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs), which will expire in 2015.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)Development Forum Tuesday, July 9th 2013
UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge,
experience and resources to assist people in building a better life.
In an effort to provide solutions to national development challenges,
UNDP works closely with governments, both resident and non-resident donors,
civil society and the private sector. To enhance, promote and ensure relevance
and strategic positioning of The Gambia country office and as a tool to inform
policy decisions and stimulate intellectual discussions, a development forum
was recently organized. It comprised of the deliverance of a paper by a lead
expert in the field of Debt Management followed by discussions from two panel
members from the Government and Private sector perspectives on Debt Management.
Policy makers and debt managers from the public and private sectors, development
partners, representatives of civil society organizations, the academia and bilateral
donors and multilateral development banks were all in attendance.
The opening remark was delivered by Mr. Abdou Touray, UNDP on behalf of the Resident Representative a.i.
He welcomed everyone to the august gathering and stated that the attendance
level signified “interest in this very topical issue confronting all countries
in particular least Developed Countries like The Gambia.” He confirmed that
UNDP works closely with various stakeholders to provide solutions to national
development challenges. He further elaborated on the structure and format of
the Development Forum – delivery of a paper by an expert and a discussion
panel of experts who provide their views and perspectives on the issue.
Mr. Touray noted the importance of the selected topic as it is a critical
issue facing Least Developing Countries (LDCs) as “debt sustainability
has been a challenging journey for some countries.” In addition,
he enumerated that while “borrowing is not bad as all countries of the world
do so but, it must be sustainable and well targeted” to the productive
base to generate the needed multiplier effect.
UNDP Supports Production of first ever Brochure on Police-Public Relations
The United Nation’s Development Programme, Gambia
Country Office, supported the Gambia Police Force
(GPF) in producing 20,000 copies of the first ever
brochure on Police-Public Relations to the tune of
GMD 320,000 (Three Hundred and Twenty Thousand Dalasi).
In a statement issued at the handing over ceremony organized
at the GPF headquarters in Banjul on Tuesday 26th March 2012,
UNDP Programme Specialist Bashirou Garba Jahumpa commended the
GPF for the initiative to engage the public in policing at community level.
He emphasized the relevance of community policing bearing in mind the rising
demands for the services of the police in the midst of limited human resources.
According to records, there are approximately 5000 Police Officers charged with
the responsibility of policing a national population of 1.8 million.
Mr Jahumpa stated that as part of its mandate in supporting governance institutions
in The Gambia, UNDP is happy to partner with the Police in this initiative and other
similar activities geared towards strengthening the legal frameworks of the country.
He cited the support UNDP is providing in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Aid,
Human Rights and other related areas. He particularly emphasized UNDP’s commitment
to supporting initiatives that will assist in decentralizing police services,
thereby promoting law and order in society.
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE GAMBIA AND UNITED NATIONS JOIN FORCES TO STRENGTHEN SOCIAL PROTECTION SYSTEMS IN THE COUNTRY
Banjul, The Gambia, 28th March 2013 –
The Government of The Gambia, Ministry of Finance
and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Health and Social
Welfare, Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration
and Employment as well as the United Nations Children’s Fund
(UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS),
World Food Programme (WFP), International Labour Organization
(ILO) and International Monetary Fund (IMF), on Tuesday, 26 March 2013,
signed the first ever in the history of the country a wide-ranging
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Social Protection.In the MoU,
nine institutions have committed themselves to intensify their
partnership in order to support The Gambia in the adoption of
inclusive and integrated social protection systems – the set
of public and private policies and programmes aimed at preventing,
reducing and eliminating economic and social vulnerabilities to
poverty and deprivation.
Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World
The 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise
of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" – will
be launched today 14 March at 12:00 PM EST/4:00 PM GMT
in Mexico City by President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico
and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. The 2013 Human Development
Report examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven
by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its
long-term implications for human development.
China has already overtaken Japan as the world’s second biggest
economy while lifting hundreds of millions of its people out of
poverty. India is reshaping its future with new entrepreneurial
creativity and social policy innovation. Brazil is lifting its
living standards through expanding international relationships
and antipoverty programs that are emulated worldwide.
But the "Rise of the South" analyzed in the Report is a much
larger phenomenon: Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, South Africa, Indonesia
and many other developing nations are also becoming leading actors on the world stage.
Report of the PAGE Resource mobilisation Conference
The Government of The Gambia in
partnership with the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) and with
the support of the United Nations Economic
Commission for Africa (UNECA) organized a
Resource Mobilization and Investment Conference
on The Gambia’s Programme for Accelerated Growth
and Employment (PAGE) 2012 -2015 at the Kairaba
Beach Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia, from the 12th – 13th
July 2012. The Conference was opened by Her
Excellency the Vice President of the Republic
of The Gambia, Aja. Dr. Isatou Njie –Saidy who
deputized for His Excellency the President of
the Republic of The Gambia, Sheikh Professor
Alhaji Dr. Yahya A. J. J. Jammeh. It was attended
by representatives of agencies of the UN System,
the Bretton Woods Institutions, Multilateral and
Bilateral Institutions, senior Government officials,
representatives of the private sector and civil society
During the Conference, the Government presented the PAGE
as The Gambia’s medium –term development plan for the
period 2012–2015, formulated to address the country’s
development priorities based on the principles of (i)
employment generation, (ii) pro-poor economic growth,
and (iii) the capacity of the public sectors to implement
the programmes and the projects. The PAGE has a fully
costed action plan as contained in the Priority Action Plan
(PAP) which is estimated to require USD 943.05 Million for
implementation. Taking account of the resources already available
for on-going projects the short fall in resource requirement
is USD 650.57Million. The Government is committed to contributing
35 per cent of this amount thus leaving a financing gap of USD 422.87
Million which is expected to be financed from loans, grants and
private sector participation.
RESOURCE MOBILIZATION AND INVESTMENT CONFERENCE FOR THE PROGRAMME FOR ACCELERATED GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT (PAGE)
The Resource Mobilization and Investment Conference for The Gambia’s Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment was held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel , Banjul on the 12-13 July 2012.
Her Excellency, the Vice President
Dr. Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy led The
Gambian delegation. Other members
of the delegation included, the Honorable
Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs
Mr. Abdou Kolley, the Honourable Minister
of Basic and Secondary Education,
Mrs. Fatou Lamin Faye, the Honourable
Minister of Tourism and Culture ,
Mrs. Fatou Mass Jobe, the Honourable
Minister of Forestry and the Environment,
Mrs. Isatou Gaye, the Honourable Minister
of Agriculture, Mr. Solomon Owens,
the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports,
Mr.Alieu Jammeh, Attorney General and Minister
of Justice, Mr. Babading Jobarteh,
the Secretary General and Head of
the Civil Service, Dr. NJogou Bah,
the Deputy Governor of the Central
Bank of The Gambia, Mr. Basirou Njie ,
The Chief Executive office of The Gambia
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Almamy Taal,
Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Departments
and Civil Society representatives.
Human Development Paradigm:Putting People at the Centre of the Development Process
The first Human Develop-ment Report
written up in 1990 was a landmark event
which ushered in the focus on the Human
Development concept as a holistic vision
of development, placing people at the centre
of all develop-ment efforts away from the reigning
philosophy up until then that human develop-ment was
essentially about an individual living a long and healthy life,
being edu-cated and having access to the resources needed
for a decent standard of living.In 1990, Mahbub ul Haq and Amartya
Sen set the way forward for new thinking. They forwarded the
most critical elements of the pro-cess of Human Develop-ment
away from wealth being the only means to calculate how well people
were doing in life..