28 October 2020
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is a key element of the UN Reform and the joint response of the UN Country Team (UNCT), the national stakeholders and the Government of The Gambia to the national development priorities with the view to eradicating poverty and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Common priority areas have been identified to leverage the UNCT’s support to poverty eradication, human capital development, and sustainable natural resources and environment management, with good governance as an underpinning value. These objectives are in line with the national Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment II (PAGE II) 2017-2020 and the Vision 2020. The design of the UNDAF is guided by the programming principles of the UN, including the human rights principles. Cognizant of the current global economic context, and the urgent need to position The Gambia on a path to achieve the aforementioned objectives, the UN is also committed to engage in partnerships outside of and within the UN through the adoption of the Delivering as One (DaO) approach. The preparation of the UNDAF 2017-2021 was undertaken through a participatory approach, with the Government taking the leadership role through a multi-sectoral national task team co-chaired by the Office of the President and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs. With regard to the foregoing, the UN Country Team would like to extend its appreciation to the Government of The Gambia and all the Co-operating Partners for their contributions and inputs to the UNDAF process. The UN system in The Gambia reaffirms its commitment to strengthen cooperation between itself, and national stakeholders and partners to work towards the realization of the national development goals and the SDGs.