Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Government of The Gambia and United Nations agency IFAD to review findings of evaluation of their country programme

Moses Abukari IFAD
Rome, 20 November 2015 – On 3 December 2015, the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN agency specializing in rural development, will present the conclusions and recommendations of an independent evaluation of IFAD’s country strategy and programme in The Gambia.
During the national workshop, which will take place at Kairaba Hotel in Banjul, the Government of The Gambia and IFAD will discuss key evaluation findings and how issues such as targeting, value chain development and sustainability contribute to transforming rural areas and reducing poverty. The findings of the evaluation and the exchange between and among partners taking part will inform the development of IFAD’s new strategy in the country.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Climate change poses major threat to food security, warns UN expert

GENEVA (3 November 2015) – “Climate change poses severe and distinct threats to food security, and could subject an additional 600 million people to malnutrition by 2080,” warned today the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver.

“Increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather, rising temperatures and sea levels, as well as floods and droughts have a significant impact on the right to food,” said the expert. “All these climate incidents will negatively impact on crops, livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and on people’s livelihoods,” she added.

New GYINers oriented on GYIN concept

By Mariam Saine-Sanyang

Gambia GYINers
The Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN)-Gambia Chapter on Monday 26 October, 2015 held a daylong presentation on the networks programmes and activities as well as its scope of operation in the country and beyond at its secretariat in Churchill’s Town to orient its new members called 
GYINers on the concept of GYIN.

Presented by the GYIN Gambia coordinator, Mamadou Edrisa Njie, the gathering brought together GYINers from West Coast Region and Kanifing Municipality who are interested in the daily affairs of the organization.

“GYIN-Gambia Chapter has launched a massive campaign to be organizing a biweekly orientation ‘I am a GYINer’ to orientation our new members,” says the GYIN Gambia coordinator, while delivering his keynote remarks during the opening ceremony of the occasion.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

African Development Bank to triple Annual Climate Financing to nearly $5 billion by 2020

The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, announced on Friday, October 9 that the AfDB would nearly triple its annual climate financing to reach $5 billion a year by 2020. AfDB’s climate spending will increase to 40% of its total new investments by 2020.

“Climate change is both an urgent threat and a unique opportunity,” Adesina said. “The Bank is significantly stepping up its support for African countries, not only to meet that threat but also to seize the opportunity to drive low-carbon, climate-resilient growth.”

Half of the $5 billion will be dedicated to reducing Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions by unlocking Africa’s enormous potential for renewable energy, especially solar, hydro, wind and geothermal power. The AfDB will also work with its clients to improve energy efficiency and build sustainable transport systems.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

AAPI remains cognizant of the on-going conflicts within Africa

In November 1981, the United Nations passed resolution 36/67 and declared that the third Tuesday of September shall be officially proclaimed and observed as International Day of Peace and shall be devoted to commemorating and reaffirming the principles of peace globally. The adoption of resolution 55/282 in 2001 declared September 21st as a Day of non-violence and ceasefire.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Stakeholders validate 2nd generation NBSAP, launch CHM web portal


The Department of Parks and Wildlife Management in conjunction with other stakeholder institutions on Wednesday 16 September, 2015 converged at the Baobab Holiday Resort in Bijilo to review and validate the 2nd generation of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP).

The validation workshop also coincided with the launching of the Clearing House Mechanism (CHM) Web Portal, an ICT tool that has the potential to provide fast information on the state of affairs of the country’s biodiversity.

The occasion brought together participants from the Biodiversity Action Journalists (BAJ Gambia), National Research Institute, Forestry Department, University of the Gambia, National Assembly, Gambia Beekeepers Association, and UNDP among a host of other institutions.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Youths need to be empowered with livelihood skills… says KMYC Chairperson

Youth Campers

The Chairperson of the Kanifing Municipal Youth Committee (KMYC), Mr Lamin Marong has said that young people in the Gambia like other young people in most developing countries needs to be informed, trained, and empowered with Live and Livelihood Skills to be able to vanquish problems affecting them in their day-to-day development endeavors.
Marong, who was speaking on Sunday, 13 September, 2015 at the opening ceremony of the first ever edition youth camp at St John School for the Deaf.

The youth camp was organised by the municipality, added that in the Gambia, young people consist of about 63.7% of the population and in the nearest future, this is expected to increase.