Jul 9, 2008, 6:15 AM
‘A five-day training of stakeholders in the country on ‘GAMINFO Database’ and accessories concluded on Friday at Tango Conference Hall in Kanifing.
The training, among other things, aimed at “building capacity of NGOs for evidenced-based development intervention as well as “for effective and efficient planning process.
In his closing remarks on the occasion, Ousman Yabo, executive director of TANGO, commended the initiators of the training.
He re-emphasised that the mandate of TANGO was to build the capacity of its members.
This, he added, was limited over the years due to the available resources. He commended the Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS) for their support and resources, noting that the uplifting of GBoS to a self-managed institute was a step in the right direction.
“The ‘GAMINFO Database’ is very paramount, especially to the NGOs,” he said.
The TANGO boss further thanked the able participants for their commitment and dedication to the training.
However, Mr Yabo further challenged the trainers to share with others the knowledge and skills gained from the training. “A lot have been gained and a lot of resources have been spent; therefore the training must not stop here,” he said.
He assured the civil society organizations that there are more activities in the pipeline, urging members to be committed and always show interest.
According him, on 23rd of this month, they will be launching a policy dialogue forum to share the development agenda of the government such as the PAGE and other polices.
“We implement and support government’s efforts,” he said, adding that the need to build the capacity of members and analyse the policies for their implementation was crucial.
The expected outcome of the training was to enable participants to have easy access to national data and analyse solutions, as well as make decisions based on evidence that they need for their daily work or presentations.