Barrow-Meter – an online platform that allows citizens to be informed on yearly
budget allocation has recently launched its organisation at a local hotel in
Among its other functions include how its allocated budget is spent and what is done with the remainder.
It shall question the measures in place to disallow misuse of public funds, and what promises made by the coalition government and shall outline all targets met so as to also serve as a performance monitor that will give statistical and graphical detail on government execution.
The initiative is being championed by The Gambia YMCA Computer Training Centre and Digital Studio.
The overall objective of the project is to hold all levels of government accountable to the citizenry of The Gambia in terms of service delivery under a transparent modus operandi within the context of the New Democratic dispensation in The Gambia.
The initiative will ensure that the ruling government upholds promises made during the campaign period and in reform packages is the principal aim of the Barrow-Meter Platform.
This will make government focuses in order to better describe to the general populace its stance and point(s) of interest, while ensuring transparency of all government activities.
The Barrow-Meter shall bridge the trust gap between government and civilians, and shall allow space for public opinion through a comment box and “letter to the webmaster”.
The project manager of Barrow-Meter, Babucarr Ceesay, said the main aim of the Barrow-meter was to encourage enfranchise youth and women to be actively engaged in politics and also to encourage young students to have political mindsets.
He added that the project shall question the measures in place to disallow misuse of public funds and ensure that funds allocated are used for what they are earmarked.
Nation general secretary of the YMCA and chairman of Tango, John Njie, said the launch of the online platform comes at a time that civil society in The Gambia is evolving to engage more with government to ensure that good governance is not only a slogan but a manifested reality in our day.