Three civil society organisations (CSOs) have launched the strengthening transparency, accountability and resilience project (STAR) for the coordination of evidence-based advocacy in The Gambia.

Future In Our Hands (FIOHTG), The Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (TANGO) and Forum for Africa Women Educationist Gambia Chapter (FAWEGAM) launched STAR in response to a call for proposal from the European Union (EU).

The project, Development Diaries gathered, is designed to enhance civil society capacity for increased participation in the implementation of the country’s National Development Plan (NDP).

The country’s NDP for 2018 to 2022 emphasises economic stabilisation, growth stimulation and structural transformation as key priorities.

‘The project is laudable and we hope it will go a long way in enhancing civil society capacity for increased participation in the National Development Plan’, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Abdoulie Jallow, said at the launch.

According to the CSOs, the project’s main objective is to establish a functionally effective CSO/NGO platform centered on evidence-based advocacy on education and peace-building.

The STAR project has its special focus on education, peace-building, gender relations and environmental restoration, and climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

Data from the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) shows that civil society in The Gambia has lacked advocacy capacity and communication channels to cooperate with regional and local level administrations.

Source: The Point

Photo source: Babak Fakhamzadeh

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