UNDP supports the government’s Medium Term Growth and Development Strategy, The Programme for Accelerating Growth and Employment (PAGE)-2012-2015. Reducing poverty and achieving the MDGs thus remains a policy priority of the Government of The Gambia. The Gambia’s National Development Strategy (NDS), the Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment (PAGE) will be implemented over the period 2012 – 2015 and has the overall objective of enhancing growth and broad based employment generation. The focus of the PAGE is inspired by the need to achieve the MDGs and Vision 2020.
Our role in the Country Programme Action Plan
The Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) 2012-2016 is guided by the need to promote and sustain inclusive development in The Gambia. Growth is important but not a sufficient condition to guarantee pro-poor broad based growth that will translate into more jobs and therefore reducing poverty. UNDP support the capacity building of national institutions responsible for economic management for inclusive growth that benefits women and men and evidence based policy formulation and implementation. The Country Office (CO) also supports sustainable livelihoods security for disadvantaged groups through the promotion of income diversification opportunities focusing in the poorest regions of the country. Capacities of central , regional and levels institutions are strengthened to plan, implement and monitor pro-poor growth.
The Inclusive Growth cluster of the Country Office assists in strengthening pro-poor policy, planning and budgeting capacities of national and local level institutions, supports the production of a national human development report through participatory processes for informing pro-poor policy and planning, and develop and implement the MDGs Acceleration Framework (MAF) to address lagging MDGs at central and local level. UNDP in The Gambia also supports government in the preparation of Bi-annual MDG national reports; the development and implementation of aid coordination policy and establishment of a national aid data-base; creating innovative partnerships and approaches for resource mobilisation for key national development programmes and strategies; and strengthening evidence-based monitoring, evaluation and reporting of key national development programs and strategies.
We also support policy development for inclusive financial services (credit, money transfer, savings and insurances), sustainable energy services, information and communication technologies; support sectoral public expenditure reviews, including public expenditure tracking and gender-responsive budgeting; encourage and facilitate policy dialogue, including South-South cooperation to inform policy development and implementation; and support local ownership and participatory processes in the design and implementation of planning, budgeting and economic reform efforts.
The Inclusive Growthy supports the strengthening of national statistical capacities for informed evidence based policy formulation, implementation and monitoring at all levels by Supporting the update and implementation of the National Strategy for the development of statistics; assessing and strengthening the capacities of relevant planning, M&E units and statistical offices to produce quality and timely national statistics at central and decentralized levels; supporting the regular updates of GamInfo and the development of Labour Market Information Systems (LMIS). Further interventions will includes supporting annual partcipatory statistical forum and other fora for the establishment of country-owned knowledge system nodes at all levels. Studies will also be conducted to examine the drivers of growth and linkages between growth, poverty and inequality at all levels.
The CO supports national efforts in the formulation and implementation of a coherent social protection policy and action especially for women, youth and vulnerable groups; assessing and strenghtening the capacities of relevant institutions with mandates to develop coherent social protection framework, effective delivery mechanisms and targeting principles; and supporting the establishment of a consultative platform for dialogue on social protection policies, systems and strategies.
Enhancing sustainable livelihood security for the disadvantaged groups through the promotion of income diversification opportunities is a key objective of the Inclusive Growth cluster. The CO directly supports Small producers, particularly women, youths and vulnerable groups, access and utilize productive resources and markets through value addition facilities. CO supported the preparation of knowledge products and tools for the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), particularly for women and youths in selected regions; supporting value-addition of primary commodities on-site in terms of processing, marketing and distribution by small producers, particularly women, youths and vulnerable groups; and advocating for increased access, utilization, ownership and control of productive resources including land and water.
In order to achieve inclusive growth, the CO also supports strengthening of capabilities for skills, access to technology, information and knowledge for women, youth and vulnerable groups through the expansion of vocational, enterpreneurship, business management skills training, and operationalization of business incubators among disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in two pilot regions; building capacities of relevant departments of the Ministry of Trade and other related institutions to encourage private enterpreneurship, competitiveness and facilitate trade and investment; supporting fora for public-private sector consultation and dialogue on employment issues; and supporting awareness raising on work ethic in The Gambia through effective communication and advocacy interventions leveraging key messages and action agenda from the 2012 National Human Development Report.