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Published On: Fri, Nov 24th, 2023

EU and DCAF Launches a new project to Enhance The Gambia’s Security Sector Reform

The European Union and DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance, have launched a new joint project titled “Security Sector Reform Process for Improved Security, Migration, and Border Management.” This new project builds on the success of the recently concluded project, “Strengthening the effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability of The Gambia Police Force,” both funded by the European Union.

The newly launched initiative has a two-year implementation period. It is strategically designed to complement and build upon the previous accomplishments. Specifically, it aims to further enhance security, migration management, and border security in The Gambia.

Speaking at the launch, H.E. Corrado Pampaloni, the EU Ambassador to The Gambia stated: “This new project marks a significant milestone in our shared commitment to enhancing security and stability in The Gambia. Amongst the key reforms we are actively supporting, security sector reform is of significant importance. Building trust and citizens support to new democratic institutions and security forces is a prerequisite in the National Reconciliation process.”

Minister of Interior Seyaka Sonko, who officially launched the project, expressed appreciation to the European Union for its “continuous support to the Gambian government and commended DCAF for its invaluable contributions to the SSR process”. The Minister highlighted the tangible impact of DCAF’s previous project, from the development of the first-ever police doctrine to improved efficiency, accountability, and oversight capabilities.

In her remarks, Anne Bennett, DCAF Head of Sub-Saharan Division, emphasized DCAF’s vision for a world with democratically governed, accountable, and effective security sectors, essential for peace and sustainable development. She expressed gratitude to the European Union for its continued trust and confidence in DCAF.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Sambujang Fatty, speaking on behalf of the Inspector General of Police,  Stated that. “At the heart of this transformative initiative, was the development and integration of the Police Doctrine, which has now become a foundational document guiding the GPF’s operations and decision-making processes.”.

Chief Superintendent Modou Lamin Sanyang, representing the Deputy Director of Gambia Immigration Department expressed commitment to a more secure and efficient border management system, emphasizing collaboration for enhanced national security and stressing that “Together, we will enhance our national security, protect our borders, and ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens and non-citizens alike”.

The new project comprises three key components: Improving Security and Crime Prevention, Strengthening Accountability and Oversight, and Enhancing Migration Management and Border Security.

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