Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gambia have its first home grown social job portal

Ebrima Dem
Gamjobs.com is a new job website for Gambia co-created by Ebrima Dem and Modou N.S Njie. The website which is one of the first of kind in the country is dedicated to publishing job vacancies and supporting job seekers in their job search online. According to Mr, Modou N.S Njie, the Chief Technical Officer ( CTO) of gamjobs.com, this job portal will allows employers to  easily place ads of their job openings and access online resumes of registers professionals.

The website he went on, will also enables employers to reach target audience of qualified candidates in the Gambia, for their advertise vacancies at the quickest possible time.

Mr Njie added that through the Gamjobs.com, job seekers can also browse for jobs based on their sectors of interest and post their CVs online where it can only be accessed, viewed and downloaded by registered employers.

Improving incomes and building resilience of rural population in Morocco to adapt to climate change

IFAD invests in developing value chains in rural mountain areas

Rome, 10 November 2014 – The government of the Kingdom of Morocco and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a US$25.5 million loan and grant agreement to finance the first phase of the Rural Development Programme in the Mountain Zones. This project aims to reduce poverty by 30 per cent by 2030 and improve living conditions for rural people in the mountain areas of Morocco.

With a total cost of $50.0 million, the project is co-financed with a $13.5 million contribution from the Government of Morocco, a $6.51 million contribution from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a contribution of $2.0 million from the beneficiaries themselves and a $2.0 million grant financed by IFAD's Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP).

The financing agreement was signed today in Rome by Hassan Abouyoub, Ambassador and Permanent Representative for the Royal Kingdom of Morocco to IFAD, and Michel Mordasini, Vice-President of IFAD.

BAJ Gambia director of Programmes off to France

Njie BAJ Gambia Director of Programmes

Mamadou Edrisa Njie, the director of Programmes at Biodiversity Action Journalists The Gambia (BAJ Gambia), a professional media advocacy and research organisation on Monday left Banjul for France, at the invitation of the organising committee of the 3rd International Conference on Biodiversity and United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

 This conference is the third in a series, organised by the French CNRS Institut Ecologie et Environment (InEE) and the German Leibniz Association (WGL) and will take place from 29th to 31st October, 2014 in Aix-en-Provence in France. 

The conference will focus on the theme “Biodiversity and Food Security, from trade-offs synergies.” 

The conference will be officially opened with a keynote presentation, to be delivered by Professor José Sarukhán, UNAM, México, while Professor Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya will officially close the event.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Gambia: UN human rights team prevented from completing torture and killing investigations

  BANJUL (7 November 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Juan Méndez have been prevented from completing a torture and killing investigation during the first visit ever to The Gambia by experts of the independent fact-finding mechanism of the Human Rights Council Special Procedures.

The two UN human rights experts carried out an official mission* to the country to examine the current level of protection of the right to life in law and in practice, and assess the situation and identify challenges regarding torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in The Gambia, among other things. 

In a remarkable and encouraging step, the Gambian Government invited the two UN Special Rapporteurs earlier this year to conduct a joint visit from 3 to 7 November 2014.

Unfortunately, and despite a written agreement accepting the Terms of Reference of the two mandates, once the investigators arrived, the Government denied them access to certain sections of the first prison the two mandate holders attempted to visit. They offered instead a guided tour to parts of the prison, informing that under no circumstances would they be allowed to visit the Security Wing, where inter alia the death row prisoners are held.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Khaled Ibn Al-Waleed Islamic School Awards Outstanding Students

Hatem Saad Raslan
Located along the busy Kairaba Avenue, Khaled Ibn Al-Waleed Islamic School on the 22nd October 2014 awarded the most praiseworthy and harding-working students of Grade 6 at a colourful ceremony held at the school grounds.

The school, which was founded, by Saad M. Raslan and Sons International Trading Company has today been known for graduating excellent students’ in the country.

Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, Abass Ahmed Jammeh, the principal of the school commended Saad M. Raslan and Sons Company for building the school in the country, adding that the school is charging low fees whiledelivering quality education.

He further thanked the serving students while advising them to continue burning the night candle for a better tomorrow, saying that one can only pass his or her examination only studying his or her book at all times.

“For the past years, Khaled Ibn Al-Waleed Islamic School has been known for graduating best students and the teachers of the school are committed in delivering quality education.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

STOP PRESS: The Gambia’s human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

GENEVA (23 October 2014) – The Gambia’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on  Tuesday 28 October 2014 in a meeting that will be webcast live. 
The Gambia is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 27 October to 7 November.   The Gambia’s first UPR  took place on 10 February 2010.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report - information provided by the State under review  2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information from other stakeholders including national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Among the issues raised in the national report and through advanced questions received are:  equitable access to education; poverty alleviation; gender-based violence; maternal health and infant mortality; women and children’s rights; female genital mutilation; the rights of persons with disabilities; judicial reforms and access to justice; human trafficking; freedom of speech, expression and assembly; combatting torture and arbitrary or summary executions; and LGBTI rights.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Advocacy letter: UN Secretary General must recognise the 'Right to Know' in his Post-2015 report


His Excellency Ban Ki-moon
Secretary General of the United Nations
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY 10017
CC: Amina J. Mohammed, Assistant Secretary General

Dear Mr. Secretary General,

We write to you as a coalition of civil society organisations committed to sustainable development, to urge you to highlight the importance of the right to information, free media, and the protection of civil society organisations’ ability to organise and engage in your upcoming stocktaking report on the Sustainable Development Goals to the General Assembly.