CSO/NGO launch platform for coordination of evidence-based advocacy

The Star (Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Resilience) project: “Strengthening the capacities of civil society for increased participation in the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) in The Gambia” designed by three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in The Gambia, namely: Future In Our Hands -The Gambia (FIOHTG), The Association of Non-Governmental Organization (TANGO) and Forum for Africa Women Educationist Gambia Chapter (FAWEGAM) in response to a call for proposals from the European Union (EU).

The project aims to build the capacity of CSOs for effective participation in the implementation of the NDP and its successor in The Gambia through evidence-based oversight and tracking of progress.

The STAR project focuses on education, peacebuilding, gender relations, environmental restoration, and climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

The main objective of the project is to establish a functionally effective CSO/NGO platform focused on evidence-based advocacy in education and peacebuilding.

Abdoulie Jallow, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, thanked the AU for committing resources for the empowerment of civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations to enable them to participate in development processes . He added that the government, through the Ministry of Finance, is currently working on a green recovery focused on a development plan for the people of the country.

“The project is commendable and we hope it will go a long way in building the capacity of civil society to participate more in national development plans,” he added.

Ebrima Sisawo, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MOBSE) called for the need to support each other along the way in the country to strengthen the project.