By Amadou Jallow, Program and Communication Officer, GALGA
The Gambia Association of Local Government Authorities (GALGA) President and sitting Chairman of Mansakonko Area Council, Landing B. Sanneh, Saturday led the project team, the International Trade Center (ITC), and potential contractors on site seeing to Mansakonko and Farafenni as part of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) project that GALGA is implementing with ITC, as implementing partner.
The project was developed by GALGA and the National Youth Council of The Gambia and other partners, seeking to address the negative livelihood challenges that vulnerable women and youth encounter as a result of the coming of the Senegambia Bridge. It is funded under the United Nations Fund for Population Affairs Gambia office.
The team visited Mansakonko Hospitality Center which will be housed at the Mansakonko Area Council Conference center and a One-Stop-Shop Entrepreneurship Hub in Farafenni.
These are two of some of the project components. GALGA is also the Chairman and Secretariat of the Steering Committee of this project. Kerewan and Mansakonko Local Government Areas (LGAs) are the beneficiaries of the project component.
The site seeing provided the team the opportunity to gather first-hand information about the projects, in preparation for the commencement of their implementation.
The project is expected to strengthen the economic and social rights of vulnerable groups around the Senegambia Bridge whose livelihoods have been negatively impacted by the construction of the Bridge.
The overall impact of the project will be building the resilience of the targeted beneficiaries to vulnerabilities and accelerating progress on achieving multiple SDGs including SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 16.
It will also focus on strengthening local governance structures to enhance participation, ownership, and sustainability of development and restoring livelihoods, and enhancing self-reliance mechanisms. It is equally expected to enhance opportunities for women and youth to diversify their income generation and improve their household, health, and nutrition status.