ActionAid International The Gambia in partnership with the National AIDS Secretariat, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and UNAIDS has concluded a five-day message development workshop on HIV and AIDS at AbCa’s Lodge in Foni Kassagne, West Coast Region from 29th August to 3rd September. The Directorate of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare facilitated and coordinated the message development workshop. The workshop participants comprised communication specialists, members of the BCC Committee on HIV and AIDS, health experts and UNAIDS. The message development workshop was held as part of activities being implemented under the New Funding Model of the Global Fund on HIV and AIDS.
A second One-Stop-Centre has been inaugurated in Bansang Hospital in the Central River Region. The center, like the first one established at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul, brings together services needed by survivors of Gender Based Violence from different sectors under one roof. The rationale is that the centre will provide appropriate and comprehensive prevention and response services to Gender Based Violence (GBV) survivors using a multi-sectoral approach. The centre, among other things, will provide medical care, psychosocial support, shelter, legal aid, protection and criminal investigation. It was set up by the Network Against Gender Based Violence with funding from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs through RATAS, a civil society organisation in Finland. Also ActionAid International The Gambia supported the establishment of the centre by providing furniture for the smooth running of the centre. The official commissioning of the center was made by the Deputy Governor of the Central River Region, Mr. Malang Saibo Camara at a ceremony held at the Bansang hospital on the 25th July 2016.
The Ambassador of the European Union to The Gambia on Tuesday 16th August handed over a vehicle, office furniture and equipment to the Child Protection Alliance, CPA and the Forum for African Women Educationalists, FAWEGAM at a brief ceremony held at the ActionAid premises in Kanifing. The materials are for the implementation of the EU funded project titled “Empowering Child-focused Organisations to Promote Children’s Rights in LRR, CRR and URR”. The two organisations are implementing the project under the overall supervision and management of ActionAid.
ActionAid International The Gambia has concluded a three-day retreat at the Paradise Suites Hotel. The staff retreat was one of the recommendations from a Mid-term Review (MTR) on ActionAid’s current Country Strategy Paper, CSPIV (2013-2017). The retreat availed ActionAid leadership the opportunity to critically review and reflect on the findings of the Mid Term Review which resulted in the development of an action plan that will exhaustively facilitate implementation of the key recommendations highlighted in the report.
Action Aid International The Gambia in partnership with the Child Protection Alliance (CPA) and FAWEGAM have jointly officially launched the project entitled “Empowering Child-focused Organisations to Promote Children’s Rights in 3 regions of The Gambia, LRR, CRR and URR”. The launching ceremony took place in Soma in the Lower River Region on Thursday 9th June, attended by the Governors of the three regions being targeted, traditional and religious leaders, and senior government officials from various sectors and students. The project worth 400,000€ (approximately D18 million dalasi) is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and ActionAid.
The National Assembly and ActionAid International the Gambia have agreed to renew and cement the long standing partnership that exists between the two institutions. This is contained in a Memorandum of Understanding signed on Tuesday the 23rd February 2016 at the Assembly Chamber in Banjul. Under the MOU, the two institutions will work together to support the Assembly’s Select Committees on Education, Agriculture, Health, Women’s Rights and Local Governance, among others. The Clerk of the House, Hon Dodou C.M Kebbeh and The Executive Director of ActionAid, Alhaji Omar Badji signed on behalf of their respective institutions.
ActionAid International The Gambia has signed an agreement with the Network Against Gender Based Violence (NGBV) to implement a project called Strengthening the Capacity of the Network against Gender Based Violence (NGBV) to Advocate for the Eradication of FGM in The Gambia funded by AmplifyChange. The signing ceremony took place at ActionAid’s headquarters in Kanifing with ActionAid’s Executive Director Omar Badji and the Network’s Board chairperson Njundu Drammeh signing on behalf of their institutions.
ActionAid International The Gambia (AAITG) and traditional communicators from Central River and North Bank regions have joined hands in the fight against climate change. Recently, ActionAid trained fifteen traditional communicators locally referred to as ‘Kanyelengs’ from these regions on climate change, climate resilient sustainable agriculture (CRSA), early warning systems (EWS) to enable them develop messages for various outreach programs. The training was conducted in the Apex Office in Jareng village, Central River Region of The Gambia from the 4th to 6th February, 2016.
ActionAid International The Gambia and Kuntaur Area Council on Wednesday 10 February signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together in the Central River Region. The MOU provides a framework that strengthens and guides their cooperation and clarifies each others’ roles and responsibilities in support of national development priorities. These will be in the areas of capacity development, advocacy and support for citizen’s participation in local governance, constitutional civic matters and national policies with particular focus on decentralisation and devolution programmes, climate resilience and sustainable agriculture, education, women & youth empowerment; empowerment of physically-challenged among others.
Applications are invited from suitable qualified Gambiana for a consultancy to conduct a Topography Survey for the construction of Contour Bonds in Upper Niumi in the North Bank Region, Niamina Dankunku and Niamina East in the Central River Region
ActionAid International The Gambia on Tuesday 14th June, signed a grant agreement with the British Embassy Banjul at the embassy’s office in Fajara witnessed by senior staff of ActionAid and the British embassy.The purpose of the grant is to strengthen the capacity of the Local Government Authority to promote active community participation in local council development in Kuntaur Area Council. The project will be coordinatedby ActionAid for a period of nine months starting in July 2015.
ActionAid International The Gambia has renewed its framework agreement with the Global Fund for HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria. The signing of the agreement in the New Funding Mechanism, (NFM) was made by the Executive Director of ActionAid International The Gambia Omar Badji, the Head of the Grant Management Division of the Global Fund Mr. Mark Eldon-Edington, Lamin Camara of the Country Co-coordinating Mechanism (CCM) and Ousman Y. Sowe, civil society representative of the CCM. The renewal comes after ActionAid’s successful performance of the Global Fund Round 8 grant with an A+ rating.
ActionAid officials and partners from The Gambia and Senegal including key service providers have returned home from Kaolack, Senegal where they reviewed progress, key achievements and challenges made during the implementation of the Agro Ecology and Resilience project. The project is funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation located in Minneapolis in the United States of America. It is a two-year project being piloted in The Gambia and Senegal targeting vulnerable communities which were negatively impacted by the Sahel drought crisis.
The Programme Director of the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Mark Peter Lindberg and Charmaine Brett the Programme Officer together with staff of ActionAid USA and ActionAid International have ended a two day visit to The Gambia. The purpose of the visit was to see at first hand, the project sites of the Agro-ecology and Resilience Project which the Foundation is funding. The team arrived in The Gambia from Senegal on 26th March. They were accompanied by the Country Director of ActionAid Senegal and her senior staff where a similar visit was made. In The Gambia, the team visited the project sites in the Central River Region.
ActionAid International The Gambia has donated £10,000 (Ten thousand pounds) towards the fight against Ebola. The money was sent to ActionAid International on behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff and Management of ActionAid International The Gambia. The donation, which included personal commitments of Board members and staff, is in response to an appeal by the Chief Executive Officer of ActionAid International Adrianno Campolinna to all ActionAid offices for support and solidarity with our colleagues in countries affected by Ebola.
The women of Niamina in the Central River Region have called for their inclusion in District Tribunals. In a petition handed over to the Deputy Governor of Central River Region Malang Saibo Gassama who represented the CRR Governor, the women noted that most of them cannot express themselves in the midst of men when they are violated particularly in their marital homes. ‘We are therefore demanding to be included in the District Tribunals because there are issues that affect us the women that can only be addressed by women, as we can only disclose them to a fellow woman’, they said. The demand is among six others that were handed over to the Deputy Governor as part of celebrations marking International Women’s Day held in Kudang.
ActionAid International The Gambia (AAITG) and the Agency for the Advancement of women and Children (ADWAC), on Monday 2nd February renewed their commitment to continue to work together in Upper Niumi in the North Bank region of the country. This came during the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two development agencies at the ActionAid offices in Kanifing. The Executive Director of ActionAid Omar Badji signed on behalf of his organisation and Mam Samba Joof, ADWAC’s Executive Director signed on behalf of his agency.
ActionAid International The Gambia on Wednesday 29th October, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The MOU provides a framework that supports cooperation and collaboration between the two institutions to enhance their roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of HIV & AIDS and Malaria as well as other public health issues. The ceremony, which was held in the office of the health Minister, was also used to hand over a cheque of three hundred and fifty thousand dalasi to the Health Minister, as ActionAid’s contribution towards the polio vaccination campaign in the country and for ActionAid’s Executive Director to pay a courtesy call on the Health Minister.
Over fifty women entrepreneurs in the Central River Region have met with representatives of micro finance institutions, MFIs. The meeting, which is the first of its kind for the women, took place in Jarreng with representatives from Reliance Financial Services, the National Association of Cooperative Credit Unions- NACCUG and GAWFA, the Gambia Women’s Finance Association. It comes after the women attended trainings on Business Management, organized as part of activities under the European Commission funded project: Promoting women’s socio-economic rights in the Central River Region.