AAITG Launches Global Platforms - Gambia
ActionAid International The Gambia launches Global Platforms – Gambia Branch at the Mansa Wally Lodge in Pakalinding, Lower River Region. The Global Platforms was founded by ActionAid Denmark as a youth network to deliver participatory and action-oriented capacity building for young people, organisations and movements fighting for social justice, with specific focus on: Campaigning, Rights and Leadership.
The launching comprised of participants from AAITG’s Local Rights Programmes (LRPs), Apexes, Eco-zones and Activista The Gambia.
Speaking at the official launch of the Platform via teams, Mrs. Ndella Faye Colley, the new Executive Director for ActionAid International The Gambia, commended the participants for their presence at the launching.
She reiterated ActionAid’s commitment to poverty eradication, social justice, youth empowerment, and gender equality in The Gambia, as enshrined in the organization’s current country strategy paper (CSP V) – Building Resilience for Social Justice (BReS). She also stated that youth are valuable resources, and for any country to succeed, it must invest in its young people.
Madam Faye-Colley challenged policymakers and development partners to prioritize youth welfare and agenda for meaningful development and economic growth.
Director Faye Colley concluded that she is hopeful that the launching of the Global Platforms will produce committed youth who will advocate for good governance, climate, and social justice to enable the world to be a better place.
Also joining the launching online, was Moussa Sarr, the Focal person for Global Platform Senegal. Moussa applauded AAITG for launching GP Gambia. He stated that for any meaningful change to take effect, youth have to be at the centre of it.
GP Senegal is mostly engaged in capacity building of its members and partners, advocacy and campaign against climate change, public policy, governance, natural resources management and youth skills development.
The brief official launch was followed by orientation and presentation from the Global Platforms – Gambia Country Coordinator, Saidina Alieu Jarju. Jarju delved into the importance of youth participation and involvement in any development agenda. He further encouraged youth to support one another for their own development.
“We must desist from undermining each other’s efforts, and break all ethnic, political and other artificial barriers that keeps us divided as youth” said Jarjou.
The orientation will be followed by a two-day training on the principles of GP, and each region is expected to come up with a workplan to conduct a step-down training in their respective regions.