We focus on the people that others forget. People in poverty. People who face discrimination. People whose voices are ignored.
We help people fight for the rights that they are denied. Simple things, like the right to eat. The right to stay on their land. To an education. To have a say in the decisions that shape their lives.
We’re not about giving handouts or telling people what to do, because in the long run we know that doesn’t work. Instead, we use our resources, influence and experience to help people find their own solutions.
We listen to what people really want and need. We help communities take action together to hold their governments to account, and we give local organisations our support where they need it. Together, we’re making a lasting difference.
ActionAid The Gambia is a member of ActionAid International, a non-governmental organisation whose mission is to eradicate poverty and fight injustice worldwide. ActionAid The Gambia was established in 1979 and is one of the oldest ActionAid Country programmes in Africa. Since its establishment, it has gone through many changes in its strategies and programming. In 1997, the programme expanded to cover Senegal and Guinea Bissau as cross border initiatives. Senegal however graduated into a fully-fledged Country Programme at the beginning of 2007, while Guinea Bissau was phased out at the international level in 2010. All our programmes fall within the Rights To End Poverty (RTEP) strategy of ActionAid International and focus on six thematic areas: