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Actionaid, ADWAC renew commitment to work together

Feb 5, 2015, 10:26 AM

ActionAid International The Gambia (AAITG) and the Agency for the Advancement of women and Children(ADWAC), on 2 February renewed their commitment to continue to work together in Upper Niumiin the North Bank region of the country.

This came during the signing of a new Memorandum ofUnderstanding (MOU) between the two development agencies at the ActionAid offices in Kanifing.

TheExecutive Director of ActionAid Omar Badji signed on behalf of his organisation and Mam Samba Joof,ADWAC’s Executive Director signed on behalf of his agency.

The purpose of the agreement is to build and strengthen partnership between the two organisationswhereby ADWAC will continue to administer Child Sponsorship on behalf of ActionAid and be animplementing agency for ActionAid’s development programmes in Upper Niumi.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Executive Director of ADWAC Mam Samba Joof reiterated hiscommitment to the partnership with ActionAid which he said is special to his organisation.

“Since ADWACstarted partnering with ActionAid, our ways of working have improved.

I wish to thank ActionAid for the trustand confidence bestowed on us. Now that we have a full time programme manager in charge of theprogramme, I am sure we will register more successes in programme implementation, “ said Mam.

The Executive Director of ActionAid Omar Badji emphasised the importance of the partnership which he says goes back a long way.

“Despite the successes registered, we have also faced some challenges which we hopewill be resolved in the new agreement,” he said.

Both of them expressed the need for the submission oftimely reports and called for openness and frankness in their dealings with each other and with partners.

The Senior Manager for Communications Jainaba Nyang Njie and that of Sponsorship Lamin Barrow, the Headof Programmes and Policy Kebba Sima and the Head of Finance Momodou Lamin Cham all expressed theneed for renewed commitment to the partnership for the smooth implementation of programmes in theNorth Bank Region.

The partnership between ActionAid and ADWAC dates back many years and the two agencies have beencollaborating in the areas of education, food security, governance, and the empowerment of women and children.

This agreement will last for the rest of AAITG CSP IV strategy period which will end in December2017.

At the end of this period another agreement is expected to be developed and will be fully aligned tothe new CSP.