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AAITG launches Fourth Country Strategy Paper

Aug 14, 2014, 1:00 PM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay & Fatou Allow

Action Aid International-The Gambia (AAITG) Wednesday launched their fourth Country Strategy Paper (CSPIV) at the Paradise Suites Hotel.

The CSPIV is Action Aid International-The Gambia current strategy which has been developed in line with government’s development blueprints - PAGE and Vision 2020.

The document clearly stipulates the strategic focus and direction of AAITG in the next four years with the aim of enabling the poor and marginalised people to take greater control over their development process by contributing effectively in making decisions that affect their lives.

In her launching speech on behalf of VP, Fatou Lamin Faye, Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, said it was a well-known fact that Action Aid International-The Gambia has been operating in the country since 1979.

It has over the years branded itself a genuine and major development partner to the Government of The Gambia through various ministries and sectors on different development issues such as education, agriculture, health, women and youth affairs, disaster management and local governance, Minister Faye said.

“The CSPIV that is launched is the current strategy of Action Aid-The Gambia, developed in line with the government’s development blueprints, namely Vision 2020 and the Program for Accelerated Growth and Employment (PAGE),” she said.

She added that while Vision 2020 targets a longer term vision of the country’s development agenda, the PAGE is the medium term development strategy and investment program for the period 2012 to 2013.

She said the focus on the strategy paper is on the promotion of sustainable and climate resilient agriculture improved quality public education, women and youth empowerment and supporting the eradication of malaria and HIV/AIDS.

Amie Bensouda, Board chairperson of AAITG, said following the approval of CSPIV by the board, an organizational structure was developed for implementation in 2014 to ensure effective delivery of the strategy.

She said Action Aid’s vision is “a world without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys their right to a life of dignity”.

She said the mission of the organization is to “work with poor and excluded people to eradicate poverty and injustice”.

She said that among their objectives is to promote sustainable agriculture and control over natural resources to improve lives and livelihoods of people in poverty and social exclusion by 2017, to improve quality public education for all children in their program areas and enhance youth participation and leadership in national development by 2017.

Omar Badjie, the Executive Director of AAITG, said Action Aid International operates in over 40 countries across Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

He said Action Aid has a strong belief and conviction that poverty could be totally eradicated from the face of the earth.

“Our vision therefore is a world without poverty where every person enjoys the right to a life of dignity and our mission is to work with the poor and excluded people to eradicate poverty and injustice,” he said.

He said their values include mutual respect, equity, and justice, solidarity with the poor, humility, transparency and accountability among others.

He said the current strategy, CSPIV, has been designed around the human rights-based approach to development and the main focus of which was to help create the conditions under which people could live in peace and dignity.