Contributing To Economic Stabilization
Increasing Food Self-Sufficiency
Improving Access to Drinking Water
At 11.300 km², The Gambia is the smallest State of mainland Africa. Stretching along both sides of the Gambia River, the country is surrounded by Senegal, except for its Atlantic coastline in the West. It is a low-income country ranked 173rd (out of 188) in the Human Development Index. It has a population of 2 million, 48% of whom live below the poverty line.
In 2016, The Gambia underwent its first democratic transition, following 22 years of an authoritarian regime. The new government inherited a critical economic situation, with a country deeply in debt and severely behind in infrastructure and public services. Faced with a recession and strong inflation, the authorities must simultaneously deal with the public debt and relaunch the country’s development.
The declared ambition of the new national development plan adopted in 2018 is to establish good governance, social cohesion, and national reconciliation that can facilitate a revitalized and transformed economy.
Since 2018, when The Gambia was named as a priority country for French development assistance, AFD can see new prospects for action. Its objective is to contribute to the country’s economic stabilization, growth, and sustainable development.