Gambia - Multi-country Covid-19 crisis response support programme (Liberia, Gambia and Sierra Leone)


Project Summary

Approval Date 24 Jul 2020
Signature Date 18 Aug 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Multi-Sector
DAC Sector Code 11330
Commitment U.A 10,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed intervention focuses on the Gambia component of the Multi-Country COVID19 Crisis Response Support Programme (MCCRSP) in The Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The MCCRSP is a Crisis Response Budget Support (CRBS) under the COVID-19 Crisis Response Facility (CRF). It seeks to contribute to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its impact in the GLS countries. This is a multi-country ADF grant totalling UA 38.15 million comprising: (i) an ADF Grant of UA 5 million and a TSF Pillar I Grant of UA 5 million to the Republic of The Gambia; (ii) an ADF Grant of UA 3.14 million and a TSF Pillar I Grant of UA 7.01 million to the Republic of Liberia; and (iii) an ADF Grant of UA 9 million and a TSF Pillar I Grant of UA 9 million to the Republic of Sierra Leone. The three countries have been combined into one group to ensure efficiency in processing of the CRBS to ADF-eligible countries under the Regional Delivery Coordination Office for West Africa (RDGW). Indeed, the countries have similar characteristics and needs in dealing with the pandemic. Their health sectors are constrained due to human and infrastructural bottlenecks. Upon declaration of first cases of COVID-19 on March 11th, 16th and 31st, 2020 in The Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone, respectively, the countries took urgent steps to put in place contingency plans to prevent and contain the virus. However, infection cases have been on the rise across the countries. As of June 29th, there were 45 confirmed cases in The Gambia; 768 cases in Liberia; and 1,427 cases in Sierra Leone. The proposed operation will help to contain the spread of COVID in order to facilitate the lifting of lockdown measures and enable economic recovery process to start. It seeks to contribute to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its impact in The Gambia.

Project Objectives

The Programme seeks to contribute to the rapid response to COVID-19 with a view to containing the spread of the pandemic, alleviate suffering of the vulnerable, and enhance economic resilience. Its operational policy objectives are to: (a) strengthen Government’s capacity to contain COVID-19; (b) expand social protection to vulnerable groups; and (c) contribute to the countries’ economic resilience and public accountability.

Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries of social protection programme will include: targeted vulnerable female-headed households including orphans, and school-going children. The business community especially targeted MSMEs will benefit economic resilience support. Indirect beneficiaries include the population at large who will be cushioned against the effects of the pandemic and benefit through improved macro environment, fiscal transparency, and accountability.

Participating Organization

Funding
African Development Fund
Funding
Fragile States Facility
Implementing
GOVERNMENT OF GAMBIA MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND TRADE

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IATI identifier 46002-P-GM-K00-013
Last Update 29 Sep 2020

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Country Gambia