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The Gambia

Risk Profile

With an estimated population of 1.7 million inhabitants, The Gambia is the smallest country in continental Africa with an annual growth rate of 2.7 percent. The Gambia is prone to frequent extreme weather events (droughts and floods). In 2013, 285.000 people were at risk of food insecurity and 3.300 were affected by floods (OCHA, Humanitarian Overview, January 2014). Lack of proper irrigation systems and poor land use practices lead to low agricultural productivity. Poor coverage of sanitation and access to clean water are the main causes of water-borne diseases (diarrhea, cholera and meningitis).

CADRI Support to The Gambia

In 2011 and 2012, at the request of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), CADRI supported the Government and the UN Country Team in carrying out a Capacity Assessment in Disaster Risk Reduction, including preparedness for response. The Capacity Assessment report was endorsed by the NDMA in February 2012. The assessment was conducted using CADRI methodology according to the five Hyogo Framework for Action priority areas, namely:

  • institutional arrangements for disaster risk reduction
  • risk identification, assessment and communication
  • knowledge, training and education
  • reducing underlying risk factors
  • enhancing disaster preparedness and response capacities.

Based on the recommendations of the Capacity Assessment report, in April 2012, the Government developed a National Plan of Action for Disaster Risk Reduction. Due to high Government staff turnover, the validation of the National Plan is to take place in 2014. Subsequent technical support from CADRI partner agencies will be available for the implementation of certain capacity development activities in the National Plan.