UN Peacebuilding Fund reaches $26M 

Mar 31, 2022, 12:06 PM | Article By: Fatou Bojang 

The UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) in The Gambia, an initiative designed to promote and foster peace and security in The Gambia has invested a total of US$26 million in the past five years, funding 13 projects. 


These projects include transitional justice, security sector reform, resolution of land conflict, women and youth participation in decision making, rule of law and community policing, youth against political violence, returning migrants and climate change among others. 

This was revealed at the opening of a two day review and coordination workshop organised by the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) in collaboration with the Office of the President on the theme: ‘Learning Together to Harmonize Peacebuilding Initiatives for Better Results’. 

The PBF has been one of the early supporters of the political transition in The Gambia.  

Speaking at Tamala Beach Resort, Noah Touray, secretary general and head of Civil Service, said PBF has supported the transformation of the former Policy Analysis Unit (PAU) into the Department of Strategic Policy and Delivery (DSPD) under the Office of the President. 

He added that the PBF investment commitment in The Gambia has reached a total of $26 million in the past five years, covering 13 projects. 

He registered gratitude to the PBF for the assistance and UN agencies for the technical support. “We have so far registered commendable progress in sustaining peace, particularly in the areas of transitional justice, constitutional review, security, judicial reform, women and youth empowerment and participation and in the integration of returning migrants.” 

Ms. Seraphine Wakana, UN resident coordinator, in her remarks, mentioned that the PBF Programme is a critical component of the global UN support to the government and people of The Gambia as it continues to strengthen democracy in the work after years of autocratic rule. 

“Since the dawn of the democratic transition in 2017, and with the support of the UN Country Team’s ongoing support to the Gambian people, the UN Peacebuilding Fund was one of the first respondents to support the government in its aspirations towards democratic reforms and transitional justice,” she pointed out. 

She encouraged participants to actively review and reflect on their work as well as challenges with open and constructive conversations, noting that the PBF funded projects are designed annually and approved after consultative engagements with national partners and beneficiaries to ensure that identified interventions are relevant with peacebuilding effects. 

She further encouraged all technical persons and beneficiaries working on the projects to enhance the visibility of the positive results of the initiatives to attract interest and catalyse more support from other donors to sustain the peace and stability of the country. 


Read Other Articles In Headlines
Ida Jagne testifies at Bai’s trial in Germany
Oct 7, 2022, 11:20 AM

(Berlin, 6 October 2022) A woman who survived the murder of a renowned Gambian journalist will testify on 6 and 7 October 2022 in the German city of Celle at the trial of a man allegedly involved in the killing, human rights groups said today. 

Lamin Jarjue
Ex-State House driver blames foreign soldiers
Jul 14, 2020, 11:18 AM

Staff Sgt. Lamin Jarjue of The Gambia Armed Forces yesterday testified before the TRRC, giving accounts of series of accidents and deaths involving former President Yahya Jammeh's convoy.

Mr. Sy
Sy urges UK to set up Special Immigrants Taskforce instead
Jan 10, 2022, 2:36 PM

Britain imposing visa restrictions or sanctions on The Gambia is not the best way forward, says Essa Bokarr Sy, a former Gambia diplomat and current deputy chief executive officer security coordinator and member of the OIC LOC Security Sub Committee .

Higher Education
Tertiary, TVET institutions reopen on Oct. 14th
Oct 12, 2020, 11:00 AM

The Ministry of Higher Education Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) on Friday announced that all TVET and tertiary institutions in The Gambia would reopen with effect from Wednesday 14th Oct, 2020.