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World Bank Gambia
Banjul area Head Office

Tel no:  +220 4580345 (Country Program Coordinator)

Fax:                4735450

Tel no:   +220 473 7893 (Senior Communications Officer)

Fax:       +220 473 5450


Country Director (Dakar based)
Tel:        +221 849 5000
Fax:       +221 849 5027

Country Director
Tel:  (221) 33 859 41 00
Fax: (221) 33 859 42 83

Country Program Coordinator in Gambia
Tel:  (220) 473-3749
Fax: (220) 473-5450

Sr. Operations Officer
Tel:  (220) 473 7893
Fax: (220) 473 5450

Senior Economist
Tel:  (220) 473-4710

World Bank Liaison Officer in Banjul
Tel:  (220) 4 49 78 30
Fax: (220) 4 49 79 36

Senior Communication officer
Tel :  (221) 33 859 41 40
Fax: (221) 33 859 42 83
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The Gambia Government joined the World Bank in 1967.

As at August 2006, the World Bank had approved a total of 34 International Development Association (IDA) credits for The Gambia for a total of approximately US$296 million equivalent. As at August 2006, the commitment value of 7 ongoing World Bank operations is approximately US$86.9 million.

The loans are aimed at programs to  help the country to promote economic development and reduce poverty. Among these activities are the building of new classrooms to rehabilitating roads to expanding public water supply facilities.

Active Projects & Approval Dates:
CBEMP Supplemental Credit
30 Oct, 2007
The original project, funded by a credit of SDR 12.0 million (US$15.0 million equivalent), was approved by the International Development Association on July 26, 2001, and became effective on January 3, 2002. The project was needed to strengthen local capacity for economic policy formulation and execution, including in official statistics, public financial management and the judiciary. These areas for assistance have been highlighted in the countryís Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), the Country Assistance Strategy (CAS), and in the Bankís diagnostic instruments, in particular the Public Expenditure Reviews (PERs) and the Country Financial Accountability Assessment (CFAA).

The additional financing will support ongoing activities which are part of the original project. The need for additional financing is mainly due to cost overruns. These overruns resulted from an underestimation of the degree to which the public sector needed to grow capacity, which necessitated greater than expected funding for this purpose prior to undertaking project initiatives. In addition, many of the projectís original activities required a longer than expected period of gestation and therefore greater than expected support from the project, in order to gradually strengthen the fundamental building blocks for the activities. The benefit of this approach has been to ensure good stakeholder ownership and to strengthen sustainability of the efforts.

Community-Driven Development Project
31 Aug, 2006
The development objective forThe Community-Driven Development Project for Gambia is the following: Rural communities, in partnership with Local Government Authorities, plan, implement and maintain their priority social and economic investments.

Third Education Project - Phase II
01 June, 2006
The Second Phase of the Education Sector Program for Gambia aims to: (a) Improve conditions for teaching and learning in basic education; (b) Strengthen capacity building and performance management for improved management and enhanced monitoring and evaluation; and (c) Continue expansion of effective access to under-served communities.

Gateway Project
28 Feb, 2002
This is a US$16 million project which seeks to enable The Gambia to establish itself as a globally competitive export and processing center. The project is a key component of the Government's strategy for achieving broad-based, export-oriented, and sustained growth.

Capacity Building For Economic Management Project
26 July, 2001
This is a US$15 million operation that will help build the Government capacity for economic policy formulation, and execution, including capacity building of the judicial, and financial systems, to facilitate private sector development.

Country Assistance Strategy:
Improve public expenditure management

Promote private sector-led growth

Enhance the equity and quality of service delivery

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