Peacebuilding in The Gambia

Sustaining the Gains and Addressing Potential Threats to the Process

Authored by: Festus Kofi Aubyn

Routledge Handbook of African Peacebuilding

Print publication date:  May  2022
Online publication date:  May  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367181949
eBook ISBN: 9780429060038
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This chapter assesses the implementation of the peacebuilding agenda in The Gambia, the role being played by international partners and the potential threats to the process. The analysis showed that the execution of the various peacebuilding programmes, such as security sector reform, constitutional reforms, judicial reforms, socio-economic development, transitional justice, and reconciliation, has led to steady progress towards building sustainable peace in The Gambia. The financial and technical support of regional and international partners has been instrumental in the progress attained so far. While the peacebuilding process is still ongoing, the chapter argues that it is imperative for the Gambian authorities to be circumspect of the potential challenges that could hinder the implementation process in the short to long term. Critical among them is the human insecurities induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the changing political dynamics in the country, inadequate funding and the deep antagonistic relations between ethnic groups that manifest at the political and institutional levels. Furthermore, there is the need for an enhanced nationwide sensitization of the various peacebuilding programmes to make the process more visible, more participatory, and inclusive to promote local ownership especially at the grassroots level to ensure sustainability.

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