This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from one of Transparency International’s national chapters. The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International and funded by the European Union.
Please provide an overview of corruption and anti-corruption efforts in the Gambia.
The citizens of the Gambia, one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in Africa, managed to oust the autocratic regime of President Jammeh in the 2016 elections, after 22 years in power. This has ushered in a new administration amid encouraging signs that the opacity, repression and violation of basic rights that marked Jammeh’s time in office are being edged out by a commitment to democratic norms, good governance and the rule of law. President Barrow has stated his intention to rid the country of pervasive corruption and a culture of impunity. Despite promising improvements in international governance indices, it remains too early to tell if the new government will succeed in its efforts to curb widespread corruption.
- Legal and institutional anti-corruption framework
Kaunain Rahman, [email protected]
Samuel Kaninda and Matthew Jenkins, Transparency International