The election of President Barrow in late 2016 ended a 22-year dictatorship under Jammeh rule. In line with the incoming President’s commitments to uphold democratic principles, adhere to the rule of law, and foster development, the Barrow Administration initiated a series of comprehensive reforms and processes covering transitional justice, constitutional reform, national development, and security sector reform (SSR).
Since the launch of a comprehensive SSR process in September 2017, the Gambian government has achieved some very important milestones. The country's first National Security Policy was published in 2019, and a National Security Strategy (NSS) and Security Sector Reform Strategy were adopted in 2020. The Gambia has entered a key phase in its SSR journey as it moves to articulate and implement institutional reform across the sector, and DCAF is proud to be one of the actors supporting this change.
Objectives & DCAF approach
Engaged in The Gambia since 2017, DCAF has implemented various initiatives aimed at:
To achieve this, DCAF:
Our intervention has laid the essential groundwork enabling national stakeholders to design and carry out a reform of the security sector that is holistic, coherent, inclusive and evidence-based:
From January 2021, our support will aim at strengthening the effectiveness and accountability of the Gambian police force, while enhancing the capacity of key actors to provide effective oversight of security institutions.
We are grateful for the support of: