GAMWORKS is the acronym for the Gambian Agency for the Management of Public Works.

GAMWORKS was established in 1993 by the World Bank/IDA and the Government of the Republic of The Gambia as an autonomous, non-profit, non-governmental institution committed to the execution and management of public works development projects. The GAMWORKS model is based on the “AGETIP” model which is found in Senegal, Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso and other African countries.

GAMWORKS was established under the Companies Act; CAP 95.1 of the Laws of The Gambia. It is a company limited by guarantee and is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association.

The mandate of the Agency is to implement development projects in the area of public infrastructure, in an expeditious and efficient manner on behalf of the Government and our Development Partners, including:

    • World Bank/International Development Association
    • African Development Bank (afDB)
    • Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
    • OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
    • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
    • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
    • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
    • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and
    • the German Financial Cooperation (KFW)

In recent years, GAMWORKS has also been implementing projects funded entirely from the Gambia Government National Budget or by Public Enterprises/Public Agencies/Public Institutions.

The activities of the Agency encompass the management of projects, especially in the area of civil works and infrastructure, such as roads, carparks, markets, buildings, offices, schools, resource centres, public amenities, health centres, sanitation, drainage and water supply. The Agency is also involved in the rehabilitation and upgrading of existing buildings, and the procurement of goods and services.

Employment creation, capacity building for local government authorities and the construction industry, are also important objectives of GAMWORKS.

The Agency with a staff complement of 30, has in addition to the Directorate unit, a Technical and Finance & Administration Department. The organogram of GAMWORKS is a flat structure thus avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy.

The Agency is jointly owned, by way of intitutional membership, by the Gambia Chamber of Commerce (GCCI), the Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (TANGO), The Gambia Association of Local Government Authorities (GALCA), The Gambia Bar Association (GBA) and the National Youth Council (NYC).

These institutions through their individual representatives constitute the Board of Directors. The Board plays a legislative role and generally overseas the conduct and activities of the Agency.

The overall management and running of the Agency is, however, entrusted to the Director General, assisted by a Technical Director and a Finance & Administration Director.