YOUTH FORUM: GYIN-Gambia boss: Youth are the most precious resource of local communities

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Executive Director of Global Youth Innovative Network (GYIN) has branded young people as the most precious resource available to local communities.

Momodou Edrissa Njie said the GYIN project was set to reduce poverty among rural women and youth to increase incomes from improved productivity, based on sustainable land and water management.

Mr. Njie also stated that GYIN is an international youth network, supported by the Rome based United Nations agency; International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

He revealed that The Gambia chapter of GYIN has a vision of an enabling space where young people could channel their creativity, potentials and vibrancies in transforming their communities, through self-sustaining socio-economic and cultural opportunities that aim to provide the next generation with a decent living.

The GYIN boss further revealed that since the inception of the Network in 2012, it have been focusing on rural development and capitalising on global and national spirit of young women and men to overcome poverty and build a healthy society for Gambian communities.

He said GYIN has participated fully in the design of the NEMA project and is a nominated member of the project steering committee, noting that it has also collaborated with the project in the implementation of the entrepreneurship component of the NEMA project. “Today, many rural communities are losing their young ones, because of few available incentives.”

Mr. Njie applauded the NEMA project for approving their two-year youth project. he also hailed the West Africa Rural Foundation for the trust and confidence bestowed in them, saying GYIN Gambia strives to partner and implement youth projects for rural youth.

‘’For the Ministry of Agriculture and CPCU, we say a big thank-you for your effective participation in youth programmes, as well as National Youth Council and all our affiliate Community-Based Organisations.”

Meanwhile , Kambie Bolong Youth Development Association is a registered youth association out to venture into Moringa herbal and soap making, in order to create more job opportunities for youths in the country.

The association was established by some young ambitious Gambians, whose sole aim is to actively involve the youths in community development agendas, and to contribute their quota to national development.

The association has realized the significance and benefits attached to moringa herbal bathing and soap making for the community, which motivated them to venture into both moringa herbal bathing and soap making.

Girls are the main target as they are mostly vulnerable to the difficulties in the society, and are facing a series of challenges today such as unemployment and underemployment, as well as dropping out from school.

However, a lot of skills in this project would serve as a source of income for the members of the association, as they will get their commission after each sale.

 After realizing the fact that the government cannot employ everybody; therefore, the idea of being job creators rather than being job seekers, they decided to involve themselves in skills that could provide self-employment and self-reliance to earn their living.

In many ways, this would reduce the rate of dependency, promote savings and enhance nation development.

The project will be handled by a determined group, who will oversee the smooth and day-to-day running of the entire project.

After production, the products will be distributed among the members of the association, who will sell them and later bring the income to the finance department of the association, which will be monitoring them and give them commissions after the sale of the products, in keeping with the agreement made at the beginning between the sales agent and the association.


Kambie Bolong Youth Development Association also embarks on youth empowerment, education, and health awareness, among other things, for the advancement of Gambian youths.


Author: Lamin Darboe
Source: Picture: Momodou Edrissa Njie