Embassy Supports Capacity Development of 50 Journalists, Latest Batch Graduated

The U.S. Embassy’s fruitful partnership with a local training institute, Insight Training Center, has resulted in the capacity development of at least 50 Gambian journalists since 2017. On July 31, 2019, the second batch of 24 graduated during a ceremony held at the school. Public Affairs Officer Kathryn Edwards delivered the keynote address at the ... Read More»

Inaugural Alumni Emerging Rural Leaders’ Summit Prepares Country’s Future

The Exchange Alumni Association inaugurated its flagship project, Emerging Rural Leaders’ Program for The Gambia’s bright teenagers from the rural regions. Over 300 young leaders were recruited in an open competition, 100 of which subsequently attended a weeklong intensive program at a local hotel in Banjul. Built on the Mandela Washington Fellowship model and funded ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia (July 24, 2019)

Location:  Social media and press reports indicate that gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in the Kombo Metro Area: Serrekunda Market Bijilo Brikama town center and market Westfield Senegambia Brusubi/Brufut Greater Serrekunda Metro Area Event:  We are monitoring reports of demonstrations in Brikama and Serrekunda.  Social Media posts indicate that ... Read More»

Embassy Banjul Hosts #July4OnTheMoo

The U.S. Embassy hosted the annual Independence Day Official reception on Tuesday, July 2.  It was the largest ever July 4th reception in Banjul with well over 150 government representatives, members of civil society and press, and even popular Gambian recording artists in attendance.  The theme of the evening was the 50th Anniversary of the ... Read More»

Temporary Closure for Routine Consular Services

Routine visa processing and American Citizen Services (ACS) at the U.S. Embassy in Banjul will be suspended, effective July 8, 2019 until further notice.  This is a temporary closure and this website will be updated when the Consular Section re-opens.  The Embassy will continue to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens during this period.  Please ... Read More»

Ambassador Paschall Congratulates Civil Society and Security Forces

At the closing ceremony of the U.S. Embassy-Sponsored Civil-Military Relations seminar, Ambassador Paschall delivered remarks and congratulated participants.  The State Department-funded summit was a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy Dakar-based Office of Security Cooperation, the U.S. Institute of Security Governance (formerly the Center for Civil-Military Relations), and The Gambia Armed Forced (GAF).  Participants joined teams ... Read More»

Ambassador Paschall Addresses Human Trafficking at Juneteenth Event

Ambassador Paschall joined Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hamat Bah to celebrate Juneteenth at the American Corner Comium.   The corner commemorated this historic day by screening the last episode of the 2016 remake of Alex Haley’s Roots which tells the story of Kuntah Kinteh, a young man who was kidnapped from The Gambia and sold ... Read More»

Ambassador Meets with Miami University Students

Ambassador Paschall met with several undergraduate and graduate students at the American Corner on Wednesday to discuss their experiences studying public health initiatives in The Gambia. Spanning several health-related disciplines like Nutrition, Epidemiology, Physical Therapy, and Kinesiology, these students discussed how studying health infrastructure in The Gambia gave an international development context to their studies. ... Read More»

PRESS RELEASE: 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report

Today at the United States Department of State, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, an annual publication documenting the efforts of the governments of 187 countries and territories, including the United States, to combat human trafficking.  Under the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), it is ... Read More»

Press Release: United States Supports of The Gambia’s Efforts to Investigate Financial Crimes and Recover Assets

The United States government fully supports the Government of The Republic of The Gambia’s investigation into the corruption of former President Yahya Jammeh, and Gambian efforts to recover the ill-gotten gains of Jammeh and his associates. We commend the efforts of the Commission of Inquiry into the Financial Activities of Public Bodies, Enterprises and Offices, ... Read More»

Meet 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow Sainabou Barra Cham

Sainabou is a trained nurse and midwife with over six years’ of professional experience.  As a passionate young health practitioner, she most recently served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Bureng Health Center in Jarra East, Lower River Region (LRR).  In this role, she managed the daily operations of the facility; trained auxiliary staff; and managed ... Read More»

Meet Ebrima Sonko, 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow

A graduate of the University of The Gambia, Ebrima works as a Research Officer with the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), which is mandated to investigate the human rights violations of the ex-President from 1994-2016 and his supporters.  He is also an emerging civil society leader and worked with a 2017 Mandela Fellowship alumnus ... Read More»

Meet Ndey Fatou Jabang, 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow

  Ndey Fatou is a unique young entrepreneur who found her entrepreneurial niche in dancing.  A media personality, choreographer, and actress, she is one of the few locally known dance entrepreneurs in The Gambia.  Ndey Fatou began her dance career at her mother’s folk dance group and has since gained international expo, including a dance ... Read More»

Meet Kemo Bojang, 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow

Kemo is a popular emerging young political leader with remarkable achievements in his young political career.  Most recently, be became the youngest political leader to hold a national executive position in the country’s largest political party, the United Democratic Party (UDP).  Kemo believes that his election will inspire more young people to join politics and ... Read More»

Meet Binta Badjie, 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow

Binta Badjie is an inspiring disability rights activist with a good track record of leadership and community engagement.  She bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Labor Management from the American International University in The Gambia.  Binta identifies herself as a deaf woman.  She also serves as Secretary General of the Gambian Deaf Women’s ... Read More»

PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Embassy Announces 2019 Mandela Washington Fellows

The United States Embassy in The Gambia congratulates seven young Gambians selected for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The 2019 Fellows are Kemo Bojang, Ndey Fatou Jabang, Ebrima Sonko, Binta Badjie, Modou Lamin Fatty, Sainabou Barra Cham, and Lamin Jafuneh. They were selected from over 330 Gambians who applied for this ... Read More»

Ambassador Paschall Meets with Islamic Council Vice President

Ambassador Paschall recently led a delegation of the United States Army Chaplains to the Supreme Islamic Council (SIC) where he held talks with the Council’s Vice President, Imam Sheriff Badjan.  Imam Badjan explained the functions of the Council, saying one of its primary roles is to provide oversight on activities carried out by visitors in ... Read More»

Ambassador Paschall, and Imam Ratib Discuss Tolerance and Transitional Justice

Ambassador Paschall led a delegation of the United States Army Chaplains in a discussion with the senior members of the Banjul Muslim Elders’ Committee and the Imam of King Fahad Mosque, the main mosque in Banjul.  The Committee discussed religious freedom, co-existence, the role of religious leaders in strengthening peace among different faiths in The ... Read More»

Ambassador Paschall Addresses U.S.-funded Disaster Contingency Workshop

Ambassador Paschall recently addressed over 40 participants and partners at a workshop to update the West Coast Region’s Contingency Plan in Kanilai village, West Coast Region (WCR).  The workshop, the final phase of the “Africa Regional Migration Program,” was funded by the U.S. Department of State.  Implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in ... Read More»

Ambassador and Mrs. Paschall Inspire Bright Rural Students

Ambassador Richard Carl Paschall and his wife, Jane Ellen, visited the Competitive College Club (CCC) members and teachers at the Sibanor Secondary school.  The duo expressed the importance of education and good life choices.  The Ambassador congratulated the students for the outstanding academic achievements that led to them being selected as club members. He underscored ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Announces Annual Competition for Humphrey Fellowship 2020-2021

  The United States Embassy Banjul is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program open to Gambians. The Fellowship is a one-year program to study at a leading U.S. university, offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership and a commitment to public ... Read More»

Ambassador Richard Paschall’s Remarks at State House Credentialing Ceremony

It was a pleasure to present my letters of credence to His Excellency President Barrow, and I am grateful to him and to his government for hosting this ceremony and for the warm welcome and statement of friendship, of partnership, and of a shared commitment to the democratic ideals of freedom, of liberty, of justice, ... Read More»

PRESS RELEASE: Ambassador Paschall Presents Credentials, Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to The Gambia’s Democratic Reforms

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to The Gambia, Richard ‘Carl’ Paschall III, presented his letters of credence to the President of the Republic, Mr. Adama Barrow, on April 9, 2019 during a formal credentialing ceremony at State House in Banjul. Ambassador Paschall was accompanied to State House by his ... Read More»

Ambassador Richard Carlton Paschall III (Bio)

Richard “Carl” Paschall, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of The Gambia. Ambassador Paschall was nominated by President Donald J. Trump on August 16, 2018 and was confirmed by the United States Senate ... Read More»

CDA Seaver Congratulates Gambia 2019 IVLP Participants

Charge d’Affaires Shelly Seaver and PAO Kathryn Edwards met with young Gambian leaders who will participate in 2019 International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP) in the United States.  Ms. Juma Baldeh, a tech enthusiast who provides volunteer training and support for girls to pursue STEAM education, will participate in the program, “Advancing Women in STEAM Fields.” ... Read More»

PAO Meets Popular Rapper, Discusses Youth Empowerment and Art Development

Public Affairs Officer Kathryn Edwards recently met with a popular Gambian rap artiste, Sanna Singhateh, who goes by the stage name ST Brikama Boyo.  ST is a young professional Gambian rapper with a huge following.  PAO Edwards congratulated ST on his success and thanked him for using his platform as a musician to address difficult ... Read More»

Musical Theater Highlights USG Educational Support to Banjul American School

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Shelly Seaver recently presided over the Banjul American International School’s (BAIS) annual musical theater performance at the Ebujan Theater.  Delivering her remarks, CDA Seaver celebrated the hard work of BAIS students and teachers.  She praised the many benefits of musical theater and highlighted continuing United States Government support that allows BAIS to cultivate ... Read More»

Gambia’s First Female Kora Player Visits Embassy Ahead of U.S. Tour

Gambia’s Sona Jobarteh, the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a prestigious West African griot family, met with Chargé d’Affaires, a.i Shelly Seaver, PAO Kathryn Edwards and Pol/Econ Officer Youliana Sadowski to discuss her upcoming U.S. tour and her philanthropic project, the Gambia Academy of Music and Culture.  Sona is best known for the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Announces Competition for Julia Taft Refugee Fund

The U.S. Embassy Banjul, in collaboration with the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), is pleased to welcome proposals for the Julia Taft Refugee Fund (JTRF) from potential partners working in the area of refugees’ protection in The Gambia.  This project proposal is meant to meet low-cost gaps in refugee protection and assistance in ... Read More»

National Broadcaster Engages Embassy Officers on Black History Month

Gambia Radio and Television Service (GRTS) produced a special report about African American History month and invited Erik Hall, Management Officer and Kathryn Edwards, Public Affairs Officer to give their perspectives about African American History.  Hall highlighted that many African Americans trace their roots back to The Gambia and therefore African American History is Gambian ... Read More»

Embassy Celebrates Black History Month with Homage to Kunta Kinteh Island

Public Diplomacy Banjul recently organized a CLO trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kunta Kinteh Island and the neighboring village of Juffureh, the ancestral home of Kunta Kinteh, to commemorate African American History Month. The story of Kunta Kinteh was made famous in the book Roots by well-known, African American author, Alex Haley. ... Read More»

Chargé Seaver Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Combating FGM

Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Shelly Seaver reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to combatting FGM in a February 7 interview with Gambian Radio and Television Service’s “The Gambia Today” show. The radio show spoke both with the CDA and U.S.-Gambian NGO “Safe Hands for Girls” Coordinator Sait Matty Jaw on the topic. U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Shelly ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Banjul Announces 2019 Study of U.S. Institutes’ Applications

U.S. Embassy Banjul is accepting applications for the Summer, 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars. The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign scholars and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, ... Read More»

Embassy Banjul Celebrates Thanksgiving with Gambian Feast

The Embassy Banjul community came together last week to celebrate Thanksgiving as friends and colleagues.  At the end of the day on Friday, the Local Staff Committee treated their American colleagues to a traditional Gambian delicacy benachin, a savory curried rice dish topped with chicken, beef, and sausage and American colleagues provided an array of ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Shelly Seaver’s Interview Highlights Bilateral Engagement, Thanksgiving

On the eve of Thanksgiving, the Public Diplomacy Section arranged a Thanksgiving newspaper exclusive with Chargé d’Affaires, a.i Shelly Seaver.  During her half hour interview with the editors of The Standard newspaper, Chargé Seaver answered questions on the origin and significance of the Thanksgiving, the strength of U.S.-Gambia relations, transitional justice, immigration, visas, and bilateral ... Read More»

Embassy Celebrates International Education Week in Farafenni

Public Affairs Officer Kathryn Edwards on November 15 led an Embassy delegation to Farafenni Senior Secondary School to celebrate International Education Week. The school hosts one of the U.S. Embassy’s most successful Competitive College Clubs. Students in the clubs receive guidance and mentorship as they prepare themselves for college. The Principal of the School, Momodou ... Read More»

Bolstering Education: PD-funded Seminar Trains Over 100 Gambian Teachers

Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy Section funded a teacher-training program on November 17, promoting partnership and skills building among Gambian and international educators. Chargé d’Affaires Shelly Seaver and Banjul American International School (BAIS) Director Caleb Steindam gave opening remarks at the program, which marked the conclusion of International Education Week. The Gambia Teachers Institute directly addresses ... Read More»

President’s Malaria Initiative Supports Cross-border Cooperation

On November 26, The Gambia’s Health and Social Welfare minister, Dr. Isatou Touray, launched a three-day bilateral meeting between the National Malaria Control Programs of Senegal and The Gambia to plan collaboration of the 2019 universal coverage of long lasting insecticide nets (LLINs) along the extensive cross-border region of the two countries. The event was ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Commends Launch of Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission

  The U.S. Embassy in Banjul commends the government of The Gambia for launching the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC).  The establishment of this commission marks an important milestone for The Gambia and its people. We echo President Adama Barrow’s statement that “there is a crucial need to put the victims at the center ... Read More»

Senior Official from United States Africa Command Visits The Gambia

The highest ranking civilian at the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) made an orientation visit to The Gambia on July 25, 2018. Ambassador Alexander M. Laskaris, who serves as the Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, held discussions with senior government officials on issues related to security sector reform and civil-military relations in The Gambia. During ... Read More»

3 Smart Secondary School Scholars, Teacher Attends Pan-African Youth Leadership Program 2018

Three extraordinary young Gambian secondary school students and their teacher chaperone have been selected for participation in the 2018 Pan-African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP). This fully-funded three-week program will take place from August 4 – August 25, 2018 at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States.  The young scholars are Nyajay Satta Braima, ... Read More»

PD’s Competitive College Club Holds Education Retreat

On June 29, members of PD-funded Competitive College Clubs and their teacher coordinators organized a rural educational retreat in Mansa Konko, Lower River Region. Acting Public Affairs Officer Amelia Broderick and Cultural Affairs Assistant Hatab Fadera travelled to the region for the retreat and delivered interactive presentations on the network’s impact and the U.S. college ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Promotes U.S. Higher Education at Bridging Gaps Expo

Embassy Banjul participated in the first “Bridging Gaps Advisory Education and Career Expo” by displaying an EducationUSA booth.  The founder and CEO of Bridging Gaps, Ramatoulie Gaye, a woman empowerment activist, started the program in order to inform young Gambians, especially young women, of post-secondary educational options available to them and by helping develop their ... Read More»

EducationUSA Advising Caravan Promotes Post-Secondary Education to High Academic Achievers Nationwide

Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy section organized a week-long education advising caravan from July 16-20 to promote EducationUSA to members of our PD-funded Competitive College Clubs (CCC) across Gambia’s rural regions.  The A/PAO and Cultural Assistant/EducationUSA Advisor traveled to Farafenni Senior Secondary School; Armitage, an historic Senior Secondary School in Janjangbureh; Nasir Ahmadiyya Senior Secondary School ... Read More»

Meet Mandela Fellow Awa Sinyan

Awa Sinyan is a young Gambian entrepreneur who founded Mira Impex Company, specializing in raw cashew nut agriculture.  The business supplies raw cashew nuts to partners in the international markets.  With five permanent staff and 30 seasonal staff members, Mira Impex increased its export from 500 to 700 tons of raw cashew nut between 2016 ... Read More»

Ambassador Discusses Mission’s Health, Educational Priorities with Miami Students

On June 12, Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup hosted a student roundtable with nine visiting students from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The meeting, also attended by Acting Public Affairs Officer Amelia Broderick, discussed U.S. health and education priorities in The Gambia.  The group was led by Professor Helaine Alessio and Professor Mel Cohen (now retired).  ... Read More»

Ambassador Alsup Hosts Iftar in Brikama

On June 7, U.S. Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup co-hosted an Iftar dinner in Brikama, West Coast Region (WCR).  The Ambassador was received at the dinner by the Chief Executive Officer of the Brikama Area Council (BAC), Mr. Mamsait Jallow. The Iftar, held at the Governor’s Office, was attended by representatives from diverse faith communities.  Ambassador ... Read More»

Ambassador Engages Religious Leaders in North Bank Region

On June 5, Ambassador, C. Patricia Alsup and Governor Ebrima K.S. Dampha of North Bank Region (NBR) co-hosted an Iftar dinner in Kerewan.  During the dinner, the Ambassador and regional leaders exchanged views on religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence, stressing the need for diverse Gambian communities to strengthen their shared values.  The Ambassador was on ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Hosts National Iftar for Faith, Political Leaders

Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup on May 31st hosted a traditional national Iftar dinner at her residence in Fajara.  The dinner was part of the Embassy’s Ramadan Iftar series meant to promote a message on the importance of religious tolerance and pluralism.  The Iftar brought together faith leaders from diverse religious denominations, government officials, members of ... Read More»

Ambassador Preaches Religious Harmony in Rural Gambia

Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup recently co-hosted an Iftar dinner in Mansa Konko in the Lower River Region (LRR).  During her remarks, she enjoined faith and community leaders in the region to nurture religious harmony and peaceful co-existence.  “In The Gambia, it is easy for one to find mosques and churches adjacent to each other with ... Read More»

Meet Mandela Fellow Aziz Bala-Gaye

Aziz Bala-Gaye is an economist with The Gambia’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Regional Integration, where he formulates policy in the trade, industrial growth and development, and medium, small and micro enterprise (MSME) promotion and employment sectors.  Although only 25, Aziz sits on policy committees and provides analysis and information about economic trends, and recommendations ... Read More»

PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Department of State Acknowledges Gambia’s Commitment to Religious Freedom

As required by the U.S. Congress, the United States Department of State released the 2017 International Religious Freedom Report on May 29, acknowledging the commitment of the government of The Gambia towards religious freedom and tolerance. Selected excerpts of that report follow. In January 2017, President Adama Barrow announced the country’s return to a secular ... Read More»

Meet Mandela Fellow Mbassey Manneh

Mbassey Manneh is a political activist and pro-democracy campaigner.  She is particularly interested in ensuring that youth and women are active in politics and included in all decision-making processes that affect their lives.  During the 2017 National Assembly Elections, Mbassey headed the fundraising committee of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run movement that launched a countrywide caravan to encourage ... Read More»

Meet Mandela Fellow Teslima Jallow

A development studies student, Teslima has over five years’ experience in community development, and volunteers in a number of organizations.  He serves as the deputy Country Director for the non-profit organization, Your Change for A Change (YCFaC) foundation, and he co-founded the community based organization, the Kombo East Youth and Children Development Alliance (KEYCDA).  Through ... Read More»

Meet Mandela Fellow Mariama Barry

A police officer in The Gambia Police Force (GPF), Ms. Mariama Barry serves as the Assistant Commanding Officer for Administration at the Police Headquarters in Banjul.  Ms. Barry is a third-year student at the University of The Gambia (UTG), majoring in Public Administration.  As a survivor of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Mariama is devoting her ... Read More»

Meet Mandela Fellow Hassan Jallow

Hassan Jallow’s journey in the field of Information Technology began in his school days when he crossed The Gambia River to come to Banjul and create an email account.  Since then, he has become a “techpreneur,” software developer, and electronics hobbyist.  His firm, Assutech, has developed seven different apps for six organizations/institutions.  One of the ... Read More»

Meet Anna Jaiteh, Mandela Fellow 2018

A lawyer with an accounting background, Anna Jaiteh established Yummy Chips, which imports plantain chips from Ghana for local consumption.  Anna established this business following her successful participation in the YALI Regional Leadership Program in Accra, Ghana, where she met a Ghanaian counterpart who would become her business partner.  Anna’s medium-term goal is to cultivate ... Read More»

Ambassador Alsup: U.S. Committed to Expanding Trade Links with The Gambia

The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup on May 9 presided over an African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) workshop in Banjul, using the opportunity to reaffirm the United States Government’s commitment to restoring and expanding its trade links with The Gambia. The AGOA workshop was organized in partnership with the Gambia ... Read More»

USAID Administrator Mark Green Meets Gambia’s Finance Minister

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met today with The Honorable Amadou Sanneh, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs of The Gambia. Administrator Green congratulated the Minister for the restoration of The Gambia’s eligibility under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and expressed support for the country’s democratic transition. ... Read More»

U.S. Dept. of State Recognizes ‘Significant Positive Changes’ in Gambia’s Human Rights Climate

The United States Department of State has recently released its 2017 Human Rights Report, recognizing that The Gambia’s democratic transfer of power has resulted in “significant positive changes in the human rights climate.” The democratic transfer of power (in 2016) resulted in significant positive changes in the human rights climate. Among President Barrow’s first acts ... Read More»

2018 Mandela Washington Fellows Unveiled

The United States Embassy in The Gambia congratulates the seven young Gambians selected for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Fellows are Mariama Barry, Aziz Bala Gaye, Awa Sinyan, Hassan Y. Jallow, Mbassey Manneh, Teslima Jallow and Anna Jaiteh.  They were selected from among almost 400 Gambians who applied for this ... Read More»

Embassy-funded Training Graduates 24 Local Entry-Level Journalists

Twenty-four local entry-level young reporters graduated on April 19 from Insight Training Center following three months of intensive course.  Supported by the Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy Banjul, the program equipped participants with requisite skills and tools needed to communicate accurately, investigate thoroughly and report the truth, fairly and credibly. Embassy Banjul’s Public ... Read More»

PAO Heird Awards Student Human Rights Advocates

On April 18, United States Embassy Banjul’s Public Affairs Officer, Janel Heird, presided over the finals of a human rights quiz at the Charles Jow Memorial Academy in Kanifing.  The PAO conferred awards on the student finalists and underscored that human rights education must be embedded in the everyday Gambian experience. The event was organized ... Read More»

PD Announces Local Grants Funding for FY 2018

The Public Diplomacy Section (PD) of U.S. Embassy Banjul is pleased to announce that funding is available through the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Grants Program for Fiscal Year 2018. Embassy Public Diplomacy (PD) grants are intended for local representatives of civil society, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, and universities, to support exchange between the U.S. ... Read More»

2019-2020 Humphrey Fellowship Announced

U.S. Embassy Banjul is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2019-2020. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a commitment to public service, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent ... Read More»

Proposals Solicited for 2018 Bright Stars’ Summer Camp for Gambian Students

The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy in Banjul (PD Banjul) invites proposal submissions for a grant agreement to design and implement a summer program for high-achieving but financially-disadvantaged high school students. The program should convene 50 top students – 35 from PD Banjul’s Competitive College Club members, and 15 additional qualified participants – ... Read More»

PD Launches Ask The Consular Video Series

Public Diplomacy Banjul has launched a 10-week Ask The Consular Officer Video Series to engage with the local Gambian audience about the United States visa application process. The project, in collaboration with the Consular Section, is designed to be an effective information campaign to reduce confusion and raise Gambian awareness about the seemingly complicated visa ... Read More»

PD-funded Mayoral Debate Receives Accolades

Public Diplomacy Banjul has partnered with a Mandela Washington Fellowship alumnus to organize mayoral candidate debates ahead of Local Government Elections on May 12. The first debate for the Kanifing Municipality featured five aspiring mayoral candidates who outlined their plans and programs to a packed town hall audience. The candidates fiercely debated the best solutions ... Read More»

Ambassador Alsup, Gambian Women Press for Progress at Tea

The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup on April 5 hosted a tea forum for diverse professional Gambian women at the Chief of Mission’s Residence in Banjul. The event, part of activities celebrating women’s socio-economic empowerment throughout the year, drew professionals from various disciplines – science and technology, government, private sector, media, ... Read More»

Ambassador Inspires Gambian Entrepreneurs at Startup Graduation

The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup has inspired young Gambian entrepreneurs during graduation ceremonies for 17 Startup Incubator clients in Kanifing The young entrepreneurs graduated after completing months of training at the Center.  The 17-client cohort joins several other Gambian entrepreneurs who have gone through the Incubator since its establishment three ... Read More»

Ambassador Alsup Addresses 9th African Consumer Protection Confab

  On behalf of the U.S. government, and particularly the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC), I welcome you all to the Ninth Annual African Consumer Protection Dialogue Conference. The FTC is an independent U.S. agency whose mission is to protect consumers by preventing anti-competitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices; and enhancing informed consumer choices ... Read More»

Gambia April-May Polls: Ambassador Calls for Strengthened Civic Education

United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup has called on young Gambians to continue engaging the grassroots on the importance of voting, and on their responsibilities as citizens in a democracy.  The Ambassador said with local government elections approaching in April and May, this will be critical. “At the U.S. Embassy, we were ... Read More»

Embassy WhatsApp-inspired CSO Celebrates First Anniversary

United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup recently attended a symposium to mark the first anniversary of ‘For The Gambia First’ organization in Kanifing.  This civil society organization grew out of U.S. Embassy Banjul’s WhatsApp Group, which was launched in September, 2016. Ambassador Alsup delivered the keynote remarks at the event and said ... Read More»

Embassy Marks BHM with Speaker on Role of Peaceful Protest

The U.S. Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy section organized on February 21 a speaker event that explored the role of peaceful protest in societal change.  The  Africa Regional Services (ARS) expert speaker, Elizabeth Milovidov, engaged the  YALI RLC- Gambia Chapter  alumni in a lively session during which participants examined the different approaches adopted by the United States and The Gambia in effecting a change.  ... Read More»

Banjul Scholars Club Hosts U.S. University Students

The Public Diplomacy Banjul Scholars Club hosted students from the University of Seattle, Tacoma, on January 18. The students discussed the U.S. college application process, education financing, and a typical college campus life experience. Discussions also addressed the difference between community college and a four-year university. The Banjul Scholars Club is a dedicated group of ... Read More»

MCC Visits Gambia to Begin Threshold Program Development

A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), led by MCC Acting Vice President for the Department of Policy and Evaluation Thomas Kelly, visited The Gambia recently to discuss the development of an MCC threshold program to reduce poverty and promote economic growth in partnership with the Government of The Gambia.  The Gambia was selected by ... Read More»

12-Week Media Capacity Development for Journalists Launched

The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy Banjul has continued its ongoing support for the professional development of local journalists with a launch on December 13 of a 12-week program.  The project is granted to Banjul-based Insight Training Center, targeting young practitioners.  The program is poised to equip participants with requisite skills and tools ... Read More»

U.S. Announces $50,000 to Assist Gambian Flood Victims

Ambassador of the United States of America to The Gambia Patricia Alsup recently visited Jarra Jasong (Lower River Region) to view progress on a $50,000 (GMD 2.3M) USG grant to assist victims of the August 2017 flood. Shortly after the September 11 flooding, a rapid assessment team from the Gambian National Disaster Management Agency and ... Read More»

American Corner Banjul’s Literacy Program Debuted

On November 22, American Corner Comium launched its monthly American Literacy program facilitated by U.S Marines. As a reading and conversation program that focuses on the history, values, cultures and education of the United States, three Marines participated in the inaugural event and led an interactive discussion on the First Amendment of the U.S Constitution ... Read More»

USAID Health Team Meets Gambian President

A five-member health assessment team from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on November 28 met with Gambia’s President, Mr. Adama Barrow at State House, Banjul.  The Team, led to the State House by Ambassador. C. Patricia Alsup, was in Banjul on a health assessment mission of the country’s healthcare system. “The purpose ... Read More»

American Corner Banjul Hosts Mini College Fair

The United States Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy section wrapped up its activities for this year’s International Education Week with a mini college fair hosted at the American Corner Comium.  The fair featured Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni as representatives of their host universities during their Fellowships. More than 50 high school and university students attended the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Banjul Scholars Program Launched

On November 16, U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy section launched its Banjul Scholars Program as part of activities marking International Education Week.  Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup launched the Program at our American Corner Comium and engaged young scholars in a lively question and answer session bordering on the relevance of education and U.S. higher education. “I am ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Honors 2017 Mandela Fellows

Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup recently hosted a reception honoring 10 young Gambian leaders on their return from the Mandela Washington Fellowship program in the United States. Introducing the Fellows to the Embassy community and the broader Mission partners, Ambassador Alsup remarked: “Our Gambian Mandela Fellows continue to demonstrate strong values. From our first group in ... Read More»

Ambassador Alsup Awards Outgoing Peace Corps Volunteers

Ambassador Alsup recently conferred certificates on 30 Agricultural and Health Peace Corps Volunteers during a banquet dinner held to celebrate the end of their two years of service in Banjul.  The close of service dinner was also attended by the Peace Corps Country Director, Jennifer Goette. Since 1967, more than 1,700 Peace Corps Volunteers have ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Capacity Development of New Gambian Lawmakers

The United States Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy section recently collaborated with the Africa Regional Services office in Paris (ARS) for a three-day speaker seminar that trained new Gambian lawmakers in transparency, good governance, human rights and the rule of law. ARS expert, Alexander Paulson, discussed the challenges confronting lawmakers and strategies to promote transparency, good ... Read More»

Embassy PAO Holds Debrief Session for 2017 Mandela Fellows

September 28, 2017:  The U.S. Embassy Banjul’s Public Affairs Officer, Janel Heird, has held a debrief session for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows at the chancery.  The debrief session came following a successful six-week program in the U.S.  During sessions that lasted two hours, Fellows took turn to share their accomplishments and challenges during their ... Read More»

Embassy Grants $25,000 for Refugee Program in Gambia

The United States Embassy in Banjul on September 19 signed grants with two local NGOs to implement the Mission’s Julia Taft Refugee Program in The Gambia. The grants, totaling $25,000, were signed at the American Corner during ceremonies presided over by Chargé d’Affaires Marc Shaw. Gambia Food and Nutrition Association (GAFNA) will identify and train ... Read More»

U.S. Congressional Delegation Holds Talks with Gambia’s VP

A high-powered United States Congressional Delegation (CoDel) visited The Gambia on Saturday, September 2. The delegation was led by Senator Christopher Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and includes: Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Rep. Terry Sewell (D-AL), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sen. Michael ... Read More»

Embassy Supports Academic, Leadership Development of Young Gambian Scholars

Accessible, high-quality and relevant education is critical to unlocking the potential of young Gambians. That’s what the annual Bright  Stars’ Academic Camp offers for Gambia’s young higher academic achievers, including members of Embassy Banjul-run Competitive College Clubs. On August 14, 50 of these students graduated at the Ebunjan Theater after completing an intensive 10-day academic ... Read More»

Embassy Grants Over US$55,000 for Entrepreneurship Development

The Public Diplomacy section of U.S. Embassy Banjul granted $55,000 (2.5 Million Dalasis) to the Startup Incubator Gambia. The grant signing was presided over by the United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup at the Incubator’s complex in Kanifing. This latest grant supports the successful development of young Gambian entrepreneurs and will solidify ... Read More»

PAO Congratulates Newest Gambian MasterCard Scholars

U.S. Embassy Banjul’s Public Affairs Officer, Janel Heird, congratulated two young Gambian students for being awarded MasterCard Foundation Scholarships. Nyimansata Damba Danjo, a former member of U.S. Embassy Banjul’s Competitive College Clubs (CCC), and Michael Habeeb Oluwatosin, are pursuing their undergraduate programs at Michigan State University (MSU). On August 8, PAO Heird held a pre-departure ... Read More»

PD, Consular Hold Joint Sessions on Visas, Admission Process

The Public Diplomacy and Consular sections of U.S. Embassy Banjul held joint presentations on August 7 for top secondary school students as part of the Bright Stars’ Summer Camp, currently underway in partnership with YMCA Gambia. More than 50 students, PD-organized Competitive College Clubs across the country are attending the camp. Presentations by Public Affairs ... Read More»

PAO Leads #YALIServes Tree Planting on Mandela Day

On July 18, Embassy Banjul Public Affairs Officer, Janel Heird, joined staff of American Corner Banjul, the Gambia IVLP Alumni Association, and YALI Network members for a tree planting exercise at a lower basic school in the West Coast Region in observance of Mandela Day. The exercise was also part of efforts to raise awareness ... Read More»

Embassy Celebrates 241st Independence, Peace Golden Jubilee

On July 4th, the United States Embassy Banjul hosted an evening reception, celebrating the 241st anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America and the Golden Jubilee of the United States Peace Corps’ uninterrupted partnership in The Gambia. Speeches by Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup, The Gambia’s Finance Minister, Hon. Amadou Sanneh, and the ... Read More»

Ambassador Alsup Awards Top Student Environment Essayists

The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup, on June 21 handed out certificates of achievement to 12 Competitive College Club students who emerged as winners of the U.S. Embassy Banjul’s sponsored World Environment Day Essay Contest. The top senior secondary school students who come from Gambia’s rural regions were also presented gift ... Read More»

Embassy Hosts Traditional Ramadan Iftar for Gambian Community

The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup, on June 15, hosted at her residence, the Mission’s traditional Iftar (fast break) and dinner.  The event brought together faith and political leaders, including the Overseer of the Office of the Vice President, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Imam Ratib of Banjul and Gambia ... Read More»

Mandela Fellows Meet President Barrow

On June 7, Gambia’s President Adama  Barrow  met with the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows from The Gambia at his Fajara Office. The Head of State congratulated the Fellows and encouraged them to be better citizens.  The 10 young leaders have since arrived the U.S., among 1000 young leaders selected from across Africa.   Read More»

Gambian Mandela Fellows Arrive Washington

Ten young Gambians have arrived in Washington, United States, for the prestigious  Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders  2017. #TheGambia10 , seen off at the Banjul International Airport by family members, is among 1000 inspiring young African leaders selected from across the continent. The team is a pool of great talents who come from diverse sectors of The Gambian society. They will ... Read More»

PD, Gambia University Partner on Access to Justice

Ambassador Alsup spoke at a Public Diplomacy Banjul event on June 7 in partnership with the University of The Gambia and Fulbright Specialist David Tushaus from Missouri Western University. Professor Tushaus is wrapping up a six-week program in The Gambia, during which he worked with university faculty and law students to operationalize a law clinic ... Read More»

PD Launches Five-month Training for Local Journalists

Public Diplomacy Banjul launched a five-month online training program for Gambian broadcasters on June 8. Staff worked with local radio stations to identify 25 of the most promising radio journalists in the early stages of their careers. These journalists will complete a two-month series of courses customized for this program by The Poynter Institute of ... Read More»

Embassy Funds Education Conference for 120 Gambian Teachers

The United States Embassy in Banjul has funded the second edition of The Gambia Teacher’s Institute Education Conference, which took place on Saturday, May 13, at the Banjul American International School (BAIS) in Fajara. The conference, hosted in partnership with the United States Peace Corps, drew 120 teachers from various secondary schools across the country. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Announces 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows

The United States Embassy in The Gambia congratulates the ten young Gambians selected for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Fellows are Ida Jatta, Mariyann Jabang, Bakary Fatty, Kujeh Kah, Gabriel Gomez, Fatoumatta Kassama, Ruqayah Sesay, Njogu Jeng, Benjamin Gomez and Yusupha Keita.  They were selected from among almost 500 Gambians ... Read More»

Embassy Screens Blockbuster Movie Hidden Figures

United States Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy section hosted the first-ever Gambian screening of the blockbuster Hollywood film, “Hidden Figures” at the Chief of Mission’s Residence in Banjul on May 4. The screening brought together science students from the University of The Gambia, U.S. exchange program alumni, with members of the diplomatic corps and the embassy ... Read More»

Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Announced

The United States Embassy in Banjul is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.  This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Offers American Corner a Media Hub for 2017 Gambia Legislative Polls

Public Diplomacy Banjul on April 6 offered its American Corners as a Media Hub for coverage and reporting during The Gambia’s 2017 National Assembly Elections. About 20 local and international journalists exclusively used the space on Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The initiative was part of efforts to promote freedom of the press, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Banjul Funds Maiden National Assembly Election Debate

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Banjul has funded the maiden National Assembly Election debate sessions for aspiring lawmakers ahead of Gambia’s April 6 legislative polls. The debates, which started on March 25th, wrapped up on Tuesday, April 4th at the conference hall of The Association of Non-Governmental Organization (TANGO) in ... Read More»

State Dept. DRL Official, Gambian Media Discuss Opportunitues, Challenges

On March 22, a visiting official from the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), Stephanie Ogorzalek, and Embassy Banjul’s Public Affairs Officer held a round-table with selected local journalists at the American Corner Banjul. The round-table highlighted the opportunities and challenges that exist for media practitioners under the new Gambian presidential ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Opens Agric Biotech Conference

Kololi – March 15, 2017: The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup Wednesday opened a two-day agricultural biotechnology workshop in Kololi with a call for holistic approach to agricultural development. The workshop, organized by the Embassy, is sponsored by the Office of Agricultural Policy, in the Economic Bureau of the U.S. Department ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State Releases Human Rights Report for The Gambia

  The United States Department of State released the annual Country Report on Human Rights Practices for The Gambia on March 3. Ambassador Alsup remarked that while the report was accurate for the final months of former President Jammeh’s tenure in 2016, The Gambia is now clearly embarked on a new and better path toward ... Read More»

Ambassador Alsup Calls for Bold Action to Accelerate Gender Parity

Bijilo – March 08 2017: The United States Ambassador to The Gambia Wednesday called for prompt and bold action to accelerate gender parity. Speaking at a breakfast conference held to commemorate International Women’s Day, Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup observed that progress towards gender equality and empowerment has slowed in many places around the world. “No ... Read More»

Embassy Stages first-ever Gambian Performance of Iconic Play “A Raisin in the Sun”

February 25, 2017: The United States Embassy recently staged the first-ever Gambian performance of Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic play, “A Raisin in the Sun” as part of the a three-day arts festival, commemorating 2017 Black History Month. The three free-admission performances were offered to students, the general public, and to Embassy Banjul guests at a gala ... Read More»

Embassy Banjul Celebrates Black History Month with Arts Festival

February 25, 2017: The United States Embassy in Banjul recently hosted a three-day arts festival (February 23-25) in commemoration of the 2017 Black History Month. The highlight of the festival was a performance on Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” The festival also featured a National Inter-school Arts Competition with a focus ... Read More»

Asst. Sec. Thomas Holds Roundtable with Gambian Mandela Washington Fellows

During her visit to The Gambia, Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield held a roundtable with Mandela Washington Fellows at the Embassy’s American Corner in Banjul. The Fellows discussed their extensive civic engagement and voter education efforts conducted throughout The Gambia in advance of the 2016 presidential elections, their role in advocating for social change during the ... Read More»

Senior U.S. Diplomat Meets Regional Leaders at Gambian Presidential Inauguration

The United States Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield spoke with several regional leaders at the inauguration ceremony of The Gambia’s new democratic leader, President Adama Barrow. Among those that Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield interacted with were President Macky Sall of Senegal, Former President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, Vice President Osinbanjo ... Read More»

Gambians Congratulated for Democratic Change

The U.S. Africa Bureau Chief hailed The Gambian people for their perseverance and commitment to democratic change. Speaking during her recent visit to the country for the official inauguration of President Adama Barrow, she particularly applauded the collective peaceful efforts of Gambians during the political impasse between December 9, 2016 and January 21, 2017. “Through ... Read More»

U.S. Africa Bureau Chief Meets New Gambian President

During her three-day official visit to The Gambia for the presidential inauguration, Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield held talks with President Adama Barrow. During the discussions, the top U.S. Africa diplomat congratulated President Barrow on The Gambia’s peaceful transition of power, and assured him that the United States Government will support the Gambian government’s efforts to ... Read More»

U.S. Assist. Sec. Thomas-Greenfield Attends The Gambia’s Presidential Inauguration

The United States Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs attended the official inauguration of The Gambia’s new democratic leader, President Adama Barrow at Independence Stadium in Banjul. Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield attended the events as head of the U.S. Government’s delegation. She was accompanied by United States Government officials, including United States Ambassador ... Read More»

Countdown to Embassy Banjul’s BHM Arts Festival

Nine days before Embassy Banjul’s sponsored Arts Festival takes place, the cast is busy on rehearsals at the Ebunjan Theatre, the host for the program. These photos were taken during one of the rehearsals on American playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” the main focus of this festival. Other activities lined ... Read More»

American Corner Banjul Activates Speaker Series

American Corner Banjul on February 3 activated its monthly speaker series, featuring a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship alumnus, Alieu Jallow. The Speaker Series Program features inspirational and accomplished Gambians who share their successes and challenges through motivational conversations. Jallow, also the Startup Incubator Gambia Project Manager, engaged 62 aspiring entrepreneurs and university students.  He spoke ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Remain Alert

United States Embassy Banjul, The Gambia Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Remain Alert The U.S. Department of State has rescinded its Travel Warning for The Gambia.  At this time, U.S. citizens visiting or residing in The Gambia are advised to continue to remain alert during the ongoing government transition. On January 19, 2017, the Economic Community ... Read More»

Ambassador Alsup Interacts with Colleagues at Gambia’s New Leader Welcoming

January 21st, 2017, Banjul International Airport: Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup (Fourth from left) interacted with colleague diplomats while waiting to welcome home, The Gambia’s new democratically elected President, Mr. Adama Barrow. President Barrow returned after 11 days in Senegal where he was sworn-in at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar. Read More»

Ambassador Alsup Joins Colleagues to Welcome Gambia’s New Leader

January 26th, 2017, Banjul International Airport: Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup (Sixth from left) joined members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps on the receiving line to welcome home The Gambia’s newly democratically elected President, Mr. Adama Barrow. President Barrow returned after 11 days in Senegal where he was sworn-in at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar. Read More»

Ambassador Alsup Awards GAF Personnel for ‘Extraordinary Service’

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017: Ambassador Pat Alsup recently awarded a member of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) in recognition of his “extraordinary” service to the United States Ambassador and her convoy on January 26, 2017. Dino Sanneh was instrumental in helping the Ambassador’s convoy navigate through the huge crowds that thronged the streets to welcome ... Read More»

Ambassador Alsup Welcomes Gambia’s New Democratic Leader

January 21st, 2017, Banjul International Airport: Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup welcomed home The Gambia’s newly democratically elected President, Mr. Adama Barrow. Ambassador Alsup congratulated President Barrow and looks forward to the strengthening of the longstanding bilateral ties between The Gambia and The United States. President Barrow returned after 11 days in Senegal where he was ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel with Caution

United States Embassy Banjul, The Gambia Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel with Caution The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens against travel east of Denton Bridge to central Banjul and rural areas of The Gambia during the ongoing presidential transition. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution when moving in the greater urban ... Read More»

Public Diplomacy Section Trains Journalists in Best Practices in Election Reporting

Following the arrest of several Gambian journalists in the run-up to presidential elections on December 1, Public Diplomacy Banjul offered a multi-part DVC series on election coverage and reporting in partnership with ARS. With lectures delivered by Elizabeth Bryant, an experienced Paris-based American journalist, and George Kazolias, a professor of journalism, local journalists discussed the ... Read More»

Ambassador Alsup Visits Organization for the Visually Impaired

During her outreach to Lower River Region, the Ambassador visited Start Now Organization’s Rehabilitation Center of Technology on November 1.  This disability-focused organization was partially funded with a grant from Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy Section.  Founded by a visually-impaired 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, Start Now strives to empower visually-impaired high school graduates by providing a ... Read More»

Second Cohort of Startup Incubator Clients Graduates

Ambassador Alsup attend the graduation ceremony 19 Startup Incubator clients in November.  The Startup Incubator, funded by U.S. Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy section, supports the successful development of young Gambian entrepreneurs through an array of business support services and resources.  Their journey begins with a week-long training session led by a U.S.-based Gambian business consultant ... Read More»

American Corner Hosts International Education Week Virtual College Fair

On November 16, the Public Diplomacy Section celebrated International Education Week by inviting 120 top Gambian senior secondary school students to the American Corner for this year’s virtual college fair. The students joined tens of thousands of others across Africa and other parts of the world to interact live online with admission directors from more ... Read More»

The United States Commends The Gambia on Peaceful Election

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY December 3, 2016 I congratulate the people of The Gambia for their peaceful and democratic presidential election on December 1. We also congratulate President-elect Adama Barrow on his historic victory, which will mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country, and we look forward to working with him as ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Banjul Facebook

Please join conversations on our Facebook page!  U.S. Embassy Banjul encourages lively debate and civil discourse.  This page is a safe space for open discussion and we appreciate all contributions to a free debate.  Abusive or profane language, hate speech and commercial solicitations will be removed from the site to promote the respectful exchange of ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Shaw’s Remarks at U.S.- Funded Message Development Workshop

Good morning ladies and gentlemen!  I am very pleased to be with you this morning for this important Message Development Workshop.  I believe this is an important first step to increase electoral awareness and strengthen The Gambia’s democratic space ahead of the December 1st presidential election. The U.S. Embassy is proud of this project, and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Banjul Suspends Visa Issuance to Gambian Government Officials

As of October 1, 2016, the United States Embassy in Banjul, The Gambia has discontinued issuing visas to Gambian government officials, others associated with the government, and their families.  The Department may make exceptions for travel based on U.S. international obligations and to advance humanitarian and other U.S. government interests. Why is this?  There are ... Read More»

Ambassador Visits Religious Centers, Projects in NBR

The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, C. Patricia Alsup, resumed her comprehensive nationwide outreach with visits to religious centers and to projects funded by the U.S. Embassy in the North Bank Region (NBR) on September 27. While in NBR, the Ambassador, accompanied by the region’s Governor, Lamin Queen Jammeh, visited the Kerewan and Farafenni ... Read More»

Ambassador Alsup Interacts with Gambia’s Religious Leaders

Strengthening ties with Gambia’s religious communities; Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup visited the King Fahad Mosque in Banjul. The Ambassador was received on arrival by the Imam Ratib of Banjul, His Eminence, Alhaji Cherno Alieu Mass Kah, the Secretary General of Banjul Muslim Elders’ Committee, Alhaji Alieu Mboge, and other senior executive members. The Ambassador later ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Grants Over 3.6 Million Dalasi for Community Improvements, Refugee Support in The Gambia

On September 21, the U.S. Embassy held a signing ceremony granting over 3.6 million dalasis to 10 community groups throughout The Gambia.  The money was given as part of the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) program.  This community-driven assistance program allows the U.S. Embassy to respond to local requests for small development projects.  These programs directly ... Read More»

2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Applications in Progress

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders  is an unparalleled opportunity for you to be a part of a dynamic network with opportunities for continued leadership and career enhancement. Applications are open from September 21 to October 26. Learn more at goo.gl/LbNZh7   #YALI2017 WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION? A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or ... Read More»

Check our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ... Read More»

Ambassador Alsup Presides at Black History Month Symposium

  PRESS RELEASE: Ambassador Alsup Presides at Black History Month Symposium at the University of The Gambia (February 24, 2016) It is such a pleasure to join you today as we come together to celebrate Black History Month. Thank you to Dr. Omar Jah, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia for ... Read More»

Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup Presents Credentials

PRESS RELEASE:  Ambassador C. Patricia Alsup Presents Credentials The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, Carolyn Patricia Alsup,on Monday, January 11, presented her letters of credence to the Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy, during a formal ceremony at State ... Read More»
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