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The Gambia - Country Brief 2017-2019


This Country Brief (CB) for The Gambia is prepared for consideration by the Board of Directors of the Africa Development Bank Group (AfDB). The CB was also considered on 16th January 2018 by the Board’s Committee on Operations and Development Effectiveness (hereafter CODE). The CB is proposed by Management of the AfDB as the short-term programming document for The Gambia over the period 2017-2019. The preparation of the CB is driven by the serious deterioration in the country’s economic, social and political context over past years, fueled by the aftermath and uncertainty caused by the 2016/17 national elections. A key outcome of the crisis was the removal from office of President Jammeh in January 2017 following the 2016 elections. The country is gradually recovering, but as expected, a fragility assessment prepared in 2017 identified multiple and interlinked drivers of fragility that continue to seriously weaken The Gambia’s social, economic and institutional fiber.

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