CASA Gambia in partnership with Wilden Gazen Foundation organized a two-day linking and learning workshop centered around community development through participation in engaging grassroots communities, with a collective effort for local authorities to participate in key decision-making process involving community members.
Mr. Ebrima Jatta – Chairperson, CASA Gambia speaking at the workshop, stressed the importance of Linking and Learning and the need to get Wilde Ganzen partners together to link, learn and network. Ms. Ylva Dantuma – Account Manager, Wilden Gazen is grateful to partner with Casa Gambia to strengthen their support to alleviate poverty in vulnerable communities and to support community-based organizations, to support their involvement and participation in their respective communities. “This will be an annual event that will guide us to map out key intervention areas”.
The two-day Linking and Learning Workshop aimed to engage grassroots community development organizations, that operate at the local level, to engage them in collective efforts with community members to address key issues affecting, local communities and advocate for positive change through community sensitizations.
The workshop also guides participants on the role and responsibilities of community-based organizations and how to operate and function according to the rules of NGO Affairs under the Government of the Gambia. A resource person, Mr. Nfamara Jarju from NGO Affairs – Ministry of Land and Local Government gave a workshop on “What’s needed to be a Legitimate and Resilient NGO, CSO & CBO in the Gambia”.
Mr. Samba Keita – BD Specialist, Child Fund the Gambia, gave a workshop on “A dialogue on Plenary Community Participation, and Mr. Ousman Sonko – Vice Principal, Rural Development Institute also gave a workshop on the Significance of Community Participation. Working with village development Committee and being involved through consultations develop constructive relationships, between local communities and government, enabling government and local partners to support their needs and community projects.
Paving the way for self driven development