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GM
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GMB
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Africa
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Republic of The Gambia

Weekly Social Protection Links: 1 May 2020

This study analyzes the impact of large-scale fee elimination for secondary school girls in The Gambia on the quantity, composition, and achievement of students. The gradual rollout of the program across geographic regions provides identifying variation in the policy. 

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The WFP Centre of Excellence launched a new publication that gathers five papers about social protection in African countries. Called “Case studies on social protection and food and nutrition security”, the publication promotes knowledge sharing and diffusion of a wide range of tested policies and experiences on how social protection initiatives can contribute to increasing food and nutrition security.

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Humanitarian agencies are setting up innovative climate risk insurance policies to protect up to 1.3 million people in West Africa from catastrophic drought. The countries benefitting include Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and the Gambia. These policies will unleash funds to assist vulnerable communities threatened by drought before it reaches catastrophic levels. Collectively, the purchased policies could release a total of US$ 49.5 million across the five countries.

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Government of The Republic of The Gambia

The Gambia is a multi-party democratic republic within the Commonwealth; independent since 1965; and an Executive Presidency established in 1970. The 1970 constitution was revoked following the July 1994 military coup. 

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Despite The Gambia’s natural geographical advantages on the West coast of Africa, it remains one of the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa, with per capita income of roughly US$473 and almost half (48.6 percent) of the population estimated to be poor. This estimate of the poverty rate is similar to the 2010 level (when 48.1 percent of the population was estimated to be poor). However, due to population growth during this period, there was an increase in the number of poor from 0.79 million in 2010 to 0.94 million in 2015.

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it will transfer to participating elementary schools and early childhood development centres an initial amount of more than US$ 370,000 (D 18.5 million) to provide daily meals for up to 60,000 young students. The cash transfers will allow more than 122 selected schools to buy food from local markets and smallholder farmers, which will be served to the students as part of a homegrown school feeding programme implemented in partnership with the Gambian Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.  

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The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today pledged to increase support for regional efforts addressing the critical food and nutrition security situation in the Sahel. Close to 6 million people are estimated to be severely food insecure in the current lean season.

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Nearly 6 million people are estimated to be severely food insecure during the lean season (June‒August). Unless urgent action is taken, the number of children with severe acute malnutrition is likely to rise from 1.1 to 1.6 million.

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The Cash-for-Work component of the European Union (EU) Funded “Post-Crises Response to Food and Nutrition insecurity in The Gambia” in Central River Region (South and North) has recently came to an end at Jahally rice fields.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UNICEF and WFP jointly implemented the project in close partnership with the Ministries of Health and Agriculture.

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