By Aja Dahaba
National Assembly’s select committee on Environment, NGOs Affairs and Sustainable Development Goal visited ActionAid International the Gambia (AAITG) yesterday at its headquarters in Kanifing as part of their over sight functions.
The committee is task to look into the activities, constraints and challenges of what NGOs are facing in implementing their programs in the Gambia.
Giving a background history of the organization Director Badgie , said Action Aid was established in 1979, registered as local NGO with a Board and a management team for operations.
AAITG is an affiliate member of AAI Currently implementing 5th strategy paper ( CSPV 2018-2023-BuildingResilience for Social Justice- BReS ) in 3 Local Rights Program (LRPs): CRR & NBR with a national dimension.
AAITG works with and through people living in poverty (PLIP) and their institutions especially women, children and youth. Their work is mainly financed through individual regular giving and partnership funding.
According to the country Director Omar Badgie, they have three Programme Ambitions as follows: PA 1: Build a society with empowered women, youth and children that is free of violence and injustice PA 2: Achieve quality, gender-responsive public services, transparent and accountable public resource mobilization and management by government PA 3: Secure resilience of communities to Climate Change and attain food Security, Climate Justice and comprehensive disaster prevention through the agency of people living in poverty.
He added that their Key interventions areas are in Agriculture, Sustainable Development, Environment and resilience programs this he said include strengthening livelihoods among other things.
Director Badgie told the law makers that restoring the environment is key on their agenda and his organization will be raising up to 10,000 indigenous tree species for planting.
He further stated that they do also focus on Resilient building programmes for most vulnerable peoples especially women and youth, Production inputs and implement supports to enhance food and nutrition security, Land campaigns- ownership and control for smallholder farmers especially for women, as long as Promoting Agro-ecology and eco-restoration practices.
However the director lamented that their key challenges are increase in the frequency of disasters, Climate change impact which includes environmental degradation; deforestation worsened by timber sale, Floods, Strong windstorms and droughts.
Meanwhile he also dilated on their key achievements which are; capacity building programs targeting smallholder farmers on proper management and care for livestock, local chicken feed preparation among others.