Friday, July 10, 2015

CORY Project: REVCEL Training for 25 Participants Begins in Janjangbureh

On July 1st, the Creating Opportunities for Rural Youth (CORY) project in The Gambia, gathered 25 rural youth across the Central River Region to start the Rural Entrepreneurial Venture Creation and Experimental Learning (REVCEL) training.

The CORY project is a wonderful initiative that focuses primarily on rural youths - See more at:
The CORY project is a wonderful initiative that focuses primarily on rural youths. - See more at:
The CORY project is a wonderful initiative that focuses primarily on rural youths - See more at:
The training, underway at the Janjangbureh Forestry Department’s Conference Hall, involves participants in the region who are engaged in various business ventures, and farming.

It is being held under the Creating Opportunities for Rural Youth (CORY) Project being coordinated by the Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia)- funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to enable young rural women and men to create sustainable farm and non-farm businesses by building their entrepreneurial capacities for enhanced peer learning.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Madina Sancha VISACA holds AGM, authorities told villagers to do more deposits

AGM delegates

Madina Sancha Village Savings and Credit Association (VISACA) in Medina Sancha village, Kiang West, in the Lower River Region recently held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the region.

The AGM brought together dignitaries from the Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia chapter (GYIN Gambia chapter), the Central Bank of the Gambia (CBG), VISACA Apex as well as the villagers and the satellite villages.

Rural Finance Project (RFP) of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Government of the Gambia (GOTG) foster self-sustaining rural Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) such as VISACAs

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

International Day of Family Remittances to be observed for the first time

A lifeline for 750 million people around the world, remittances offer opportunity for development

Milan, 16 June 2015: More than 400 policymakers, private-sector stakeholders and civil-society representatives observed the first International Day of Family Remittances today at the opening of the fifth Global Forum on Remittances and Development in Milan.
In launching the international day and the forum, keynote speakers emphasized the importance of remittances for families and developing countries and called for global recognition of their impact on development. 
“Today we honour migrant workers, their families and their stories of hope, separation and sacrifice,” said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)." We also recognise their vital contribution to their families at home and to the development of their nations."

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Now or Never: Acting on Climate Change in Nigeria


(Abuja-Nigeria, 29th of May, 2015): Today Nigerians has been given a new opportunity for change and transformational leadership in the fight against climate change as President Muhammadu Buhari takes over as President of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

‘Climate change remain one of the biggest challenge facing the world today, from storms in America to heat waves in India and recalling the 2012 floods in Nigeria that eroded the small gains in development and democracy. We are reminded of need for leadership and the required but urgent and rigorous action on climate change’, Esther Agbarakwe.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

International Education Summit Brings Global Education to Gambia

According to a media dispatch made available to Mansa Banko blog, EDGE Institute in partnership with Side-by-Side Organization will conduct educational conference for teachers and students from across The Gambia between June 5th to 10th, 2015.

Washington, D.C. (EDGE Institute) - For the first stop on its 2015 TARGET trip, EDGE Institute is traveling to Banjul, The Gambia to conduct a six-day International Education Summit in partnership with Side-by-Side Organization The Gambia.

The summit will feature three days of academic and practical skills training with secondary school students followed by three days of intensive teacher training.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The role of biological diversity in sustainable development

22 May 2015 – As the post-2015 development agenda emerges, this year's theme for International Day of Biological Diversity reflects the importance of biodiversity in achieving sustainable development. Smallholder farmers in rural areas of developing countries produce much of the food in the developing world, and given that food availability needs to increase by 60-70 per cent by 2050, in the future we will depend on them to produce even more. Biodiversity plays a vital role in smallholder farmer food production systems and contributes to increased crop yields and incomes, maintaining healthy ecosystems, mitigating climate change, and securing sustainable livelihoods and access to clean and safe water.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Beakanyang presents 50k soft loans to 15 youths

GYINer Fanta Kongira

As part of its Youth and Women Revolving Fund Scheme, the Beakanyang Kafoo  on Tuesday 19 May 2015 handed over fifty thousand dalasis (50,000.00) to  15 young people across the country to support their petty trading.

The beneficiaries received the disbursement amounting between D3000.00 and D5000.00 which is due for repayment within 6 months.

“Access to capital is key for any kind of business especially as young entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is one of the most important inputs in the economic development of a country,” says the Beakanyang
GYINer Bintou Faye
executive director, Mr Nfamara Jawneh while disbursing the soft loans to the beneficiaries at a ceremony held at Beakanyang head office in Churchill’s town.

He noted that this is not the first time that Beakanyang is providing such opportunities to vulnerable people in the society.

Last year, he said, they supported some 100 women in URR with soft loans amounting to over D300, 000.00 to start or strengthen their existing small scale businesses.

“The capital might look small but to us it's important to have a little than none,” Mr Jawneh noted, adding that this funds are their internally generated resources aimed at empowering the youth especially those badly in need of such support.