Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Although The Gambia is not an SDC priority country, a number of SDC projects are currently under way which are benefiting the country's population.
The Gambia is one of the beneficiary countries of the Global Programme Migration and Development, which promotes the contributions made by diaspora communities to sustainable development and the protection of migrant children through the West Africa Network for the Protection of Children. With SDC support, The Gambia adopted the Gambian Diaspora Strategy in 2018. Switzerland also supports, through its multilateral cooperation programmes (Geneva Water Hub, Blue Peace Initiative), innovative regional initiatives in neighbouring countries focused on the joint management of river and groundwater reserves. Furthermore, The Gambia will be eligible for SDC flexible funding for the period 2021–24.
Between 2017 and 2018, Switzerland funded a project led by the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) to promote security sector reform in the country. This reform is still under way with the DCAF's support.
Based on a long-standing partnership between the State Secretariat for Migration and The Gambia, the two countries concluded a migration agreement on 12 January 2021 to institutionalise collaboration in this area and to facilitate Swiss-funded projects in the country.
The Swiss embassy in Dakar (Senegal) is accredited to the Republic of The Gambia.