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UN, Gambia seal deal on development framework

The Gambian government and the United Nations (UN) Wednesday sealed a deal, tagged “United Nations Development Assistance Framework” (UNDAF), which will run between 2012 and 2016, PANA reports from here Thursday.

The new development framework is coming on the heels of an earlier agreement which spanned over a four-year period (2007 to 2011).

PANA recalls that Gambia and United Nations System last July agree to jointly implement the new development blueprint.

UNDAF is based mainly on the “2000 Millennium Declaration and Goals” and it spelt out “the operational framework and strategic guidance” between the two parties.

Gambia’s Secretary General and civil service head, Dr. Njogu L Bah, addressing the gathering during the launching of the programme of cooperation, praised the UN System in The Gambia for its continued support to the country.

“When right strategies are at the right place, there will always be sustainable development,” Bah emphasized, while reiterating the Gambian government’s commitment to the  development and well being of the people.

Also speaking at the launch, the UN resident representative in the Gambia, Chinwe Dike, said the package was an important development between Gambia and the UN System.

“Our work must be more demand-driven with focus on national ownership. I am sure that the lessons learnt and best practices that will be shared here will enable us to see how we can better plan and coordinate our work with national stakeholders,” she said


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