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UNDEF rep Monitors Project on Strengthening Human Rights, Governance

Nov 30, 2021, 1:05 PM | Article By: Pa Modou Cham

The Programme Officer of United Nations Democracy Funds (UNDEF) Katie Travers recently visited implementing partners on the project ‘Strengthening Human Rights and Good Governance in The Gambia’.


The project, funded by UNDEF is being implemented by The Association of Non-Governmental Organisations of The Gambia (TANGO) and other implementing partners. 

During the visit, Katie expressed delight in meeting implementing partners of the project as well the participants.

She said it’s clear to her that the project has honed skills of civil society and communities in strengthening human rights and good governance in the country.

“The project has built an important foundation. I am pleased to see the progress that the project has registered, and to hear the desire from civil society in continuing the great work.” 

Mrs. Ndey Sireng Bakurin, executive director of TANGO said that the post-training knowledge and analysis workshops are part of training cycle management, and the last stage of the CSOs capacity building undertaken within the framework of TANGO and UNDEF project cooperation agreement. 

“The training came at a time when we felt that CSOs and other stakeholders in The Gambia have limited capacity to deliver their mandate in the area of human rights, policy, gender and governance advocacy, and information.”

The aim of the training and evaluation, she added, is to assess and determine the effectiveness of the completed training programme in terms of relevance and fulfillment of the objectives set. 

“The process also sought to establish participants’ level of understanding vis-a-vis content and process as immediate results.

Yusupha Bojang, Programme Manager at the National Center for Civic Education (NCCE) said the project came when the country is in a transitional process amid Covid-19 challenges. 

He added that NCCE did a lot of sensitisations and got feedback that the project was timely and important. 

“The training has to continue so that more communities can be engaged. After years of independence, we wanted a country with democracy, good governance, human rights, and gender quality, which was the main purpose of the project.” 

John Charles Njie, chairman of TANGO acknowledged the tremendous work of Mrs. Bukurin, adding that he trusts womens’ leadership. 

He equally thanked UNDEF, facilitators, consultants, resource persons, civil society, and participants.

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