Jan 23, 2009, 6:07 AM
The training course was organised by ENDA Diapol, a non-governmental organization based in Dakar, Senegal, in collaboration with the Association of Non-Governmental Organization (TANGO) and Afrique and Jeux (AFEX) in Ziguinchor with funding from the Austrian Development Agency.
Speaking at the forum, ENDA Diapol project programme officer, Marcel Colley, underscored the importance of the training course.
He said the main objective was to equip the executive members of National Livestock Owners Association of The Gambia and Casa-Gambia Cross Border Association, with the requisite knowledge and skills on project management and resource mobilization, to enable them raise and manage adequate financial and non-financial resources for effective development of their organisations, among others.
He advised members to disseminate the knowledge gained to other members of their association.
TANGO executive director Ousman Yabo, in his remarks, said his organisation is the umbrella body of non-governmental organisations operating in The Gambia.
The partnership, he said, is for the smooth coordination and implementation of the project, adding that the project would be implemented in Senegal, Ziguinchor, Gambia and Guinea Bissau.
According to him, the initiative is a two-year project which aims to strengthen community-based organisations in the areas of management, as well as help them understand the conceptual framework of resource mobilisation; know the strategies for resource mobilization, write proposals for funding organisational activities, among others
Mr Yarbo challenged participants to remain united and work in the interest of their associations, as they make best use of the knowledge and information gained from the meeting.
The president of Cassa-Gambia Cross Border Association, Lamin Jarju, and the secretary of the National Livestock Owners Association of The Gambia, Modou Sowe, both highlighted the significance of the step-down training session.
They said the training course would enable participants to acquire knowledge and skills to effectively manage resources towards the desired goals of their organisations.