Migration and Sustainable Development in The Gambia

Job Vacancy

Diaspora Development Fund (DDF)

50 Gambian professionals were
appointed as MSDG Diaspora Fellows ,
and awarded grants of 5,000 Euros each
(i.e. 300,000 Dalasis each) as co-finance
for a wide range of community and
development projects across the country,
to be delivered in 2022/23.



‘the Gambian Diaspora Strategy
& the GIEPA Diaspora Advice Desk’


Sunsay, 21 May 2023/TIME: 11.00AM to 2.00PM GMT

SNF7 Keynote Address
His Excellency President Adama Barrow

'Innovation and Impact for Inclusive Development'

Date: Saturday, 13 January 2024 | Time: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara Conference Centre, Bijilo, The Gambia

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency
and GK Partners Invite you to a

GK Partners and Office of the President welcome you to the Seventh Stake in the Nation Forum (SNF7)

Featuring a Parallel Conference on Higher Education

Consultative Dialogue
Organised by
GK Partners & Office of the President
(Government of The Gambia)

Diaspora Policy & Strategy
Gambia Coat of Arms with Flag
Gambia Diaspora
Banjul Airport
Gambia Diaspora Month
(15 Dec to 14 Jan)
& Investment
National Assembly
Stake in the Nation Forum
(Annual Event)
Capacity Development
(Training & Support)
Gambia House Model
(Diaspora Diplomacy)
Diaspora Networks
Diaspora Networks
(Organisations & Groups)
Gambia House Model
Diaspora Voting and Representation
Diaspora Development Fund (DDF)

‘Migration and Sustainable Development in The Gambia’

Welcome to the website of the ‘Migration and Sustainable Development in The Gambia’ (MSDG) project. The pilot phase of MSDG was implemented from  August 2017 to December 2018, during which a Gambian Diaspora Strategy (GDS) was developed and incorporated in the Gambia National Development Plan (NDP 2018-21).

The overall goal of the MSDG project is: “to enhance the role of the Gambian diaspora in national development, as the Eighth Region of the country”The specific goals are: “to create a fully operational service delivery Gambia Diaspora Directorate (GDD), and to expand and enhance diaspora participation in Gambian development policy and practice”.

Through a diaspora-led Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP), MSDG seeks to achieve the following main results:

  • Capacity Development: Enhanced capacity on diaspora and sustainable development for government officials and Non-State Actors through Continuing Professional Development.
  • Policy Processes: Increased policy engagement in Migration, Diaspora and Development processes, through diaspora, bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
  • Strategy Implementation: Coordinated implementation of the Gambia Diaspora Strategy (GDS) through a newly structured service delivery Gambia Diaspora Directorate (GDD).
  • Engagement and Participation: Enhanced diaspora participation in development through facilitated engagement in networks, forums, national consultations, municipal proceedings and electoral processes.
  • Cost of Remittances: Increased net funds received by individuals and households through reduction of the transaction cost of remittances sent to Gambia.
  • Investment and Job Creation: Enhanced job creation through optimised diaspora investment in structured incentive schemes and programmes.

The programme is designed and implemented by GK Partners (GKP), in partnership with the Government of The Gambia, and co-financed by GKP and the Swiss Government.

About Us

The ‘Migration and Sustainable Development in The Gambia’ is being implemented six months after the inauguration of the new coalition government in The Gambia. It builds on the initial ‘Induction and Training Workshop for the Cabinet Ministers’ conducted by GK Partners (GKP) on 11 February 2017 in Gambia, and the subsequent one-to-one briefings with the President, Ministers, senior government officials and development partners.

Optimising the Benefits of Migration for Gambian Development

  • Research, consultation and production of a 10-Year Gambian Diaspora Strategy
  • Structuring and creation of a Gambia Diaspora Directorate and website
  • Inauguration of an annual ‘Stake in the Nation Forum’
  • Scheme to reduce the transaction costs of remittances.

Improving Implementation and Operational Capacity and Effectiveness

  • Mapping of the structures, services and activities of selected Ministries
  • Professional training in diaspora-development and operational effectiveness
  • Support government engagement in global migration and development processes
  • Review and analysis of government and programme effectiveness.