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.
UNDP's focus is on capacity development for pro poor growth and accountability in partnership with Government, the UN system, civil society, and development partners. The ultimate goal is to support the development efforts of the government of the Gambia through its Country Program Document and Country Program Action Plan (CPAP) 2007-2011. This is a five years framework for mutual cooperation between the government of the Gambia and the UNDP. It takes into account the Gambia’s Long Term Strategy, Vision 2020 and draws upon the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP2), Common Country Assessment (CCA), United Nation Development Framework (UNDAF) and the Country Program Document (CPD) 2007-2011, which collectively reflects the country’s development priorities and embodies the national commitment to the attainment of the MDGS.
UNDP's core areas of focus in the 2007-2011 cycles are:
· Poverty reduction and achieving the MDGs
· Human rights and governance
The major thrust of UNDP's support in these areas will be to support The Gambia attain the Millennium Development Goals and reduce overall levels of poverty especially among the most vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the society. UNDPs support will also aim to promote and protect human rights and gender equality ensure good governance and spur the participation and involvement of civil society in promoting these goals.