The first ever interface meeting between partners of ActionAid and Jangjangbureh Area Council has ended with a series of recommendations aimed at making positive reforms to the council. The meeting, held in Kudang in the Central River Region on Thursday 18th May, brought together ActionAid partners, staff of Jangjangbureh Area council, the chiefs of Niamina East, Niamina West and Niamina Dankunku districts, ward councilors, alkalolu, religious and traditional leaders, women and youth leaders, VDC chairpersons and a cross section of community members from the Central River Region and other areas of the country.
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.
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.
Omar Badji is the new Executive Director of ActionAid International The Gambia (AAITG). Badji, who until his appointment was Head of Programmes and Policy, took over the role in January 2014 and is based in Kanifing. He succeeds Dr. Kujejatou Manneh whose term ended in December 2013.
‘Interesting and empowering’, ‘very relevant’, ‘the lessons I have learnt are core to what I will be doing’, - these are just a few of the comments made by participants at the end of a two week workshop on Governance organized by ActionAid International The Gambia.