Strengthening People’s Voices in The Gambia
Working with the Association of NGOs in Gambia (TANGO), Concern Universal is supporting NGOs in The Gambia to increase their advocacy and lobbying skills. A major part of this work has been the development of the ‘Advocacy at Work’ framework which supports Gambian civil society organisations to understand advocacy and develop their own strategies. This guide will support Gambian organizations to proactively participate and influence public policy making processes as well as engage with the government at all levels. The framework is a resource material available to all TANGO members and nonmembers.
The framework is a major component of the project, Strengthening Advocacy Capacity for Civil Society in The Gambia. This seeks to build relationships, trust and communications between Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), such as Concern Universal, and the Government.
Around 70 NGOs currently working in The Gambia are being encouraged to take part in discussions with government, using their experiences working within local communities to inform their contributions. The project is being supported by the UN Democracy Fund, which has provided a $225,000 grant.
One of the roles of The Association of NGOs (TANGO) is to represent the experiences of NGOs to government, and the new funding will provide a greater capacity to be able to do this. It will allow training of individual NGOs and members of TANGO to better represent themselves, allow open communication between government and NGOs and offer opportunities to discuss current issues facing communities in The Gambia.
The project will ultimately help the government make more informed decisions, which will improve the lives of those living in The Gambia.