Last updated in October 2013
Germany has maintained relations with Gambia since the latter gained independence. Bilateral development cooperation (DC) with Gambia was terminated in 1995. German engagement in Gambia is now integrated in European Union development cooperation with the country. Most recently, in February 2012, the EU made available EUR 10 million for a "Governance Programme in The Gambia" to better democratic and economic governance.
In political relations, Germany is an advocate of substantive European-Gambian dialogue, including issues such as respect for human rights, freedom of the press and the consolidation of democratic institutions and the rule of law.
Germany supports the country’s sports sector as part of German-Gambian Sports Cooperation programme. Measures such as the secondment of coaches and sports experts and donations of sports equipment are designed to help reform (administrative) structures in Gambia’s sports sector and re-introduce sport as a compulsory subject at the country’s primary schools.
Gambian students, journalists and sports teachers regularly have the opportunity to apply for further-training courses or scholarship programmes in Germany.
During the tourist season (October to April), direct flights from Frankfurt to Banjul are operated twice a week.