Adoption date 29/05/2018

Building a future - Make it in The Gambia

The proposed action aims to improve economic development and future prospects for The Gambia’s youth, including returning and/or potential migrants by promoting attractive employment and income opportunities, and to support the Government in its attempt to nurture perception shift for the Gambian population moving away from a ‘future through migration’ to a ‘future in The New Gambia’.
Alongside with the recent political transition towards democracy after 22 years of authoritarian rule, the Gambia faces major economic and social challenges. An undiversified and vulnerable economy, high unemployment or under-employment and poverty rates, lack of reliable and affordable energy, sub-optimal infrastructure and lack of quality education are just some of the push factors. In addition, the number of returnees from Europe and transit countries in Africa will continue to increase due to the challenging situations along the central Mediterranean route and the increase of refusals for asylum-seekers status linked to the change of political regime in The Gambia.
Furthermore the programme aims also at strengthening the reintegration referral mechanism to be developed by IOM, to ensure that return for migrants is a sustainable positive experience in terms of access to skills development programmes and social reintegration, increasing their employability. Finally, the diaspora members should be channelled to better contribute to productive growth through an efficient and sustainable system; a pilot will be initiated, predominantly based on tried and tested forms of sustainable diaspora finance models.

Main objectives

The overall objective of the proposed action is to contribute to socio-economic development and to nurture positive prospects for local populations and returning migrants in the Gambia. The three specific objectives (SO) of the action are the following:
SO.1: To boost economic development with a focus on attractive employment and revenue generation in regions prone to migration. SO.2: To promote a conducive socio-economic environment for an effective and sustainable reintegration and to improve the attractiveness of rural areas. SO.3: To promote the concept: 'tekki fii – Make it Here -Make it in the Gambia'

This action in numbers

14
Number of jobs created
51
Number of people assisted to develop economic income-generating activities
603
Number of people benefiting from professional trainings (TVET) and/or skills development
263
Number of migrants, or potential migrants, reached out by information campaign on migration and risks linked to irregular migration
36
Number of returning migrants benefiting from reintegration packages
1
Number of victims of trafficking, assisted or referred to assistance services
5
Hectares of land benefitting from improved agricultural management
8
Number of staff from local authorities and basic service providers benefitting from capacity building for strengthening services delivery
2
Number of activities/events explicitly dedicated to raising awareness and sensitivity of general public regarding migration
2
Number of multi-stakeholders groups and learning mechanisms formed and regularly gathering
3
Number of field studies, surveys and other research conducted

Contracts

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GIZ
EUR 7 000 000
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Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr
EUR 5 000 000
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ENABEL - Belgian Development Agency
EUR 7 000 000

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