GYIN Gambia, Citizens United sign MoU to reduce irregular migration

Friday, March 02, 2018

The Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) - Gambia and Citizens United in Switzerland signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deliver programmes with the goal of reducing the incidence of irregular migration in The Gambia through awareness raising and entrepreneurial training programmes for returnees and their families.

The signing ceremony was held at GYIN Gambia’s Secretariat in Churchill’s Town, on Wednesday and was preceded by a tour to some intervention areas of GYIN Gambia activities in rural areas.

“We hope this collaboration will be a success story, and I assured Citizens United that the collaboration is a right thing for us to do,” said Executive Director Mamadou Edrisa Njie.

GYIN Gambia, according to its executive director, is happy to enter into an agreement with Citizens United as their newest partner, simply because they share similar missions including poverty eradication.

“We are confident that the two years programmes on irregular migration, entrepreneurship and information and communication technology trainings will be beneficiary to the returnees based on our past experiences working with rural youths,” stated Njie.

GYIN Gambia, according to Njie, has supported the formation of Youth Against Irregular Migration (YAIM) and for The Gambian returnees from the ‘backway’ (GRB) on poultry farming. 

Representative of the Citizens United (CU), in The Gambia, Ida Panneh said that Citizens United operates to bridge the gap between migrants and citizens, between the rich and the poor, between self-interest and social responsibilities, between literacy and illiteracy, the skilled and unskilled.

“Our work is geared towards diminishing illegal/irregular migration from developing countries (Africa) advocate for a solution to the human rights abuses in transit destinations while simultaneously tackling the challenges of integration in Switzerland,” she stated.

She added that the signing of the MoU between her NGO and GYIN Gambia is a clear testimony that both parties have taken irregular migration as a concern.

She commended GYIN Gambia for championing the fight against irregular migration by forming returnees into an associations and also working with them on programmes that would improve their livelihoods and enhance their personal development.

“One good example of us (Citizens United) having confident to work with GYIN Gambia, is that they’re supporting Gambian returnees from Libya and Niger and for us, our programmes focuses on migration”, said Ms. Panneh.

According to her, the two years agreement will be centered on migration programmes, entrepreneurship training as well as other developmental programmes which will all gear towards addressing irregular migration in the country. 

Author: Fatou B. Cham