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Engaging Effectively in Climate Diplomacy : Policy Pointers from the Gambia

"In 2013, the Gambia appointed the first special climate envoy from a least developed country (LDC). While such appointments have become commonplace in developed countries, LDC diplomats have previously lacked the influence and capacity to engage in…

Guinea-Bissau after Vieira: Challenges and Opportunities

"On 7 June 1998, an army mutiny led by former Chief of Staff, General Ansumane Mane, plunged the Republic of Guinea-Bissau into devasting civil war. The coup aimed to oust President Joao Bernardo Vieira, who had come to power in a military coup agai…

AERC Scoping Studies on China Africa Economic Relations : The Case of The Gambia

"The relationship between The Gambia and Taiwan has been cordial and multifaceted, since the resumption of diplomatic relations in 1995. It is based on shared common understanding and mutual respect. These have been shaping the relations of the tw…

Gambians see Sharp Decline in Emigration, Though Interest in Leaving Remains High

Migration is a high-profile issue in the Gambia, especially irregular low-skilled emigration beyond the borders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year autocratic regime, characterized by poverty and poor g…

In Defense of Democracy: Lessons from ECOWAS’ Management of The Gambia’s 2016 Post-Election Impasse

"The years 2015 and 2016 were of great importance for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), through supporting the conduct of peaceful elections and the orderly transfer of power. A total of 10 of its 15 member states held election…

Agricultural Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in Africa: The Cases of Ghana and the Gambia

The main goal of the study was to identify and document indigenous innovations and good practices by climate change vulnerable communities for improved food security in Ghana and The Gambia; to provide information on agricultural practices and activ…

Agricultural Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in Africa: The Cases of Ghana and The Gambia

"The main objective of the study is to support the ATPS Agricultural Innovations Programme on Agricultural Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in Africa by achieving the following specific objectives: Identify and document i…

Agricultural Innovations for Climate Change Adaptations and Food Security in Ghana and the Gambia: Policy Options

"It is recognised that climate change will impact Africa negatively and therefore will have dire consequences for food security. However agricultural innovations can be used to forestall this or minimise the impacts. Innovation is an interactive …

Gambians with Clear Message to Government: Focus on Service Delivery

Efficient and effective public service delivery is a necessity for citizens’ well-being. However, in Africa, access to quality public services remains a challenge. According to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (2018), “the average African public service di…

Justice on Trial: Courts and Commissions in West Africa

This edition of West Africa Insight looks at the ways in which justice is being sought, and delivered, in Nigeria, Burkina Faso and The Gambia. In Burkina Faso, Sampala Balima reflects on the September verdict handed down against the 2015 military …

The Gambia's Draft Constitution Reflects Citizens' Preference for Term Limits, Gender Quota

In December 2017, the National Assembly of the Gambia established a Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) to draft the country’s third Constitution. The Gambia’s founding Constitution (1970) was replaced in 1997, three years after a military coup …

Information, Price, and Barriers to Adoption and Usage of Mobile Money: Evidence from a Field Experiment in the Gambia

Mobile money has been heralded as a way to foster financial inclusion. While it has become popular in developing countries, most notably in African nations, there are still strong barriers to its adoption and usage. The purpose of this study is to e…

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