The Gambia



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Capital: Banjul

Government: Unitary Presidential Republic

Current President: Adama Barrow


  • Gambia has sparse natural resource deposits and a limited agricultural base, and relies in part on remittances from workers overseas and tourist receipts.
  • About three-quarters of the population depends on the agricultural sector for its livelihood and the sector provides for about one-third of GDP.
  • In 2011, tourism contributed about one-fifth of GDP.

Population: 2,051,363 (2017)

Land Size: 11,295 sq km (4,361 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Mandinka: 42%
  • Fula: 18%
  • Wolof: 16%,
  • Jola: 10%
  • Serahuli: 9%
  • Other: 4%)
  • Non-African: 1% (2003 census)

  • Muslim: 90%
  • Christian: 8%
  • African Indigenous Religions: 2%


  • English (official)
  • Mandinka
  • Wolof
  • Fula
  • other indigenous vernaculars



  • Fri - Oct 19, 2018: The Gambia Joins the International Organization of the Francophonie - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Govt of the Gambia] The Gambia has been admitted as an Observer to the International Organisation of the Francophonie -OIF at the 17th Session of the Francophone Summit recently held in Yerevan, Armenia.
  • Fri - Oct 19, 2018: PEC Suspends GPPC Submission - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Foroyaa] The National Assembly Select Committee on Public Enterprise Committee, has yesterday suspended the presentation of 2015 reports of The Gambia Printing and Publishing Corporation, for the corporation's failure to submit its 2016 and 2017 Activity Reports and Financial Statements.
  • Fri - Oct 19, 2018: Ernest Aubee Wins Award for Mitigating Aflatoxin in Africa - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Foroyaa] A Gambian Mr Ernest Aubee, the Head of the Agriculture Division of the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Nigeria was the recipient of an Agent of Change Award for his exceptional work in Policy and Creating an Enabling Environment for Aflatoxin Mitigation in Africa. Mr Aubee was recognized for the very many activities in the ECOWAS region and on the continent for mitigating the harmful effects of Aflatoxin on the livelihoods of people and for the development of the ECOWAS Aflatoxin Action Plan. The plan seeks to
  • Fri - Oct 19, 2018: Rigorous Screening of ID Cards Claimants - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Foroyaa] Rigorous screening is applied be approval is given for the issuing of national identity cards. This has resulted in many claims for ID cards being rejected leading to some to raise concerns on how the biometric ID cards are issued. Omar Njie posited that his application was rejected for a reason not very clear to him. He showed his previous biometric ID card and birth certificate to this reporter and gave detailed explanation of how his application was rejected. "I applied the same way as I did in the prev
  • Fri - Oct 19, 2018: UNDP, GRA Commence Development Training for Staff - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Foroyaa] The Gambia Revenue Authority GRA, with financial support from the United Nations Development Program UNDP, commenced a three day activity to develop Custom Educational Materials.