The integrated 2012-2016 CPAP programme with two main thematic areas, namely Democratic Governance and Inclusive Growth, also includes a cross-cutting area of focus  - Energy and Environment. These three themes form the basis of the work of UNDP in support of The Gambia government's economic and development objectivesthree economic, environmental and governance components.

Over  the  programme period,  focus  will  be  on  two outcomes  or programmatic results namely first (Outcome1)  "Capacities of institutions responsible   for  economic   management   and  governance   for  inclusive  growth that benefits  women  and men and evidence based policy formulation and implementation enhanced"   and  second  (Outcome2)   "Sustainable  livelihoods   security  enhanced   for disadvantaged  groups through the  promotion of income  diversification opportunities and better management of  environmental resources".

Inclusive Growth

  • This project supports developing a National Human Development Report through participatory processes for informing pro-poor policy and planning. It helps in developing and implementing the MDGs Acceleration Framework (MAF) to address lagging MDGs at central and local levels,

  • The project objectives include the following: 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).

  • The Gambia is a youthful nation with over 60% of its population under the age of 30 years. However, unemployment among the youth is highest and remains a major national challenge. Of the employment youth, only 20% are in the agricultural sector. Yet agriculture is the most critical sector for economic expansion to absorb unemployed youth, boost food production and for poverty reduction. Addressing rural youth needs is therefore fundamental to achieving the MDGs, particularly Target 16 ‘to develop and implement strategies for decent and productive work for youth’, and the other MDG targets to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, promote gender equality, empower women, and ensure environmental sustainability.

  • Since March 2014, West Africa has been confronted with an unprecedented Ebola Virus Disease outbreak. Despite all efforts made by Governments of the affected countries, and the International Community, the epidemic continues to claim many victims. To prevent further spread of the epidemic, countries are being supported to develop and finalize their preparedness plans for appropriate response in case of an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease.

  • The overall objective of the EMPRETEC project is to bring about a transformational change in unleashing the growth potential of micro and small-scale enterprises by 2017 through entrepreneurial skills training and provision of a comprehensive range of business advisory services. The project is to be established under the EMPRETEC framework of the UNCTAD initiative and will seek to promote entrepreneurship as a vital component of economic growth and development, develop entrepreneurship strategy, identify and select growth-oriented enterprises as well as potential entrepreneurs, unemployed youth and women entrepreneurs and farmers and provide them with entrepreneurship training and a comprehensive and integrated range of business development services in Banjul and in all the other regions of The Gambia.

Democratic Governance

Sustainable Development

  • Supporting the formulation and adoption of pro-poor, climate-resilient strategy; climate change resilience, low carbon, energy, land use and coastal and marine management policies; supporting the integration of climate-resilient priorities and policies in development plans and processes; supporting the piloting of renewable energy and promote energy-efficient inititiatives and multifunctional platforms; supporting the revision of land use policy with special emphasis on women; and providing technical support to disaster risk reduction structures at decentralized levels.

  • Supporting and promoting community based natural resources management initiatives such as ecotourism. UNDP will strengthen local capacities and governance structures for community based natural resource management.

  • This project will invest in strengthening current systems to lead to a fully operational EWS for the Gambia at the institutional level which can in turn serve local communities particularly in remote and vulnerable regions. This will be carried out through improving national capabilities to generate and use climate information in the planning for and management of climate-induced hazard risks, developing core skills and competencies to analyze the climate risks at hand, acquiring relevant technologies to generate accurate and reliable data, improving early warning dissemination and advisory communications; and supporting communities in the uptake of climate information at the local level.

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