The Gambia continues to be characterized by political stability and the absence of religious tensions, although the situation of human rights, democracy and rule of law, raises real concerns. These issues are addressed in a dialogue under article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement since end of 2009, but with little concrete progress. The absence of satisfactory progress could have an impact on the modalities of current cooperation with The Gambia as well as for the future 11thEuropean Development Fund (EDF) National Indicative Programme.
The Country Strategy Paper for The Gambia (2008-13) and a national indicative programme set out the priorities from the €69.1 million funding allocation under the 10th EDF: improved infrastructure, regional interconnectivity and governance.
Additional support was provided for integrated capacity-building programmes, institutional support for non-state actors as well as activities addressing legal and illegal migration. . Furthermore The Gambia received funding under the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) and the MDG Initiative. All EU programmes in The Gambia address poverty-related cross-cutting issues, in particular gender equality, HIV/AIDS, environmental sustainability, good governance and human rights – especially children's rights – as well as nutrition and health.