YVE meeting with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Abuko Nature Reserve

Photo credit: Amadou Sowe/yve/220819/PARKSANDWHILDLIFEOFFICE/Abuko

On a separate mission on the same 22nd August 2019, representatives from the Young Volunteers for the Environment YVE Gambia further visited the Department of Parks and Wildlife at Abuko Nature Reserve to have a meeting with Mr. Kawsu Jammeh. The main purpose of the meeting was to form a possible partnership network the said institution.

During our arrival in the Nature Reserve, we were received by Mr. Kawsu Jammeh the Environmental and Education officer for Parks and Wildlife. Again, a short introduction of members was made and this was proceeded by a brief introduction of the organization(YVE Gambia) with it goals, mission, visions, objectives and focus areas such as climate change, Culture and Biodiversity, Energy etc. Joe further explained our reason for the visit which was based on establishing a possible partnership network between YVE Parks and Wildlife.

According to Kawsu Jammeh, he was very delighted hearings us talking about Environmental related issues such as climate change Biodiversity,  water sanitation etc. He then went further to introduced himself to us and also told us, their focus area which was mainly about Environmental related issues which YVE is already engage on and for that reason, he said, it will be a great thing to have a partnership network  with us. He advised us to write a partnership request directed to the Director and assured us his support in partnering with them.

He is also told us, he have an organisation called Sahel Wetland and Conservation which he Will want YVE to sign an MoU with.

He concluded by assuring us a possible partnership network between YVE and Parks and Wildlife.

Reported by

Amadou sowe program Assistant Officer YVE Gambia.


YVE Gambia pays a courtesy call to the National Coordinator of GEF

On the 22nd August 2019, the Young
Volunteers for the Environment(YVE Gambia) have a meeting with the National Coordinator of GEF at his office in kotu. The main purpose of the meeting was to familiarize YVE to him, and also to form a possible partnership between GEF and YVE in availing the organization to benefit from the GEF grant and membership.

Upon arriving, the National Coordinator of GEF Kebba Bojang gives YVE a warm welcoming remarks and this was followed by an individual introduction of YVE members. Joe Bongay, the Executive director of Young Volunteers for the Environment make a brief introduction of the organization to him, it’s mission, vision, objectives, focus areas, and how the organisation works. During his discussions, he told the National Coordinator of GEF that, YVE wants to establish a partnership relationship with his institution and will want to work with him in all areas especially went it comes to Environmental related issues such as climate change, Biodiversity Conservation, Energy, Chemicals among others through Advocacy, Research and Development and Policy influencing making.

Kabba Bojang, the National Coordinator of GEF welcome the ideas and thanks YVE members for such actions taken by them. He went further to tell us some of the activities his organization is engaged on such as Environmental related issues like climate change Biodiversity etc. During his discussion, he told us that, one of their objectives is to work with Youths organisation and it will be great to have YVE to become a member of the GEF family.

Joe Bongay the Executive director of YVE Gambia, concluded by thanking the National Coordinator of GEF for availing us the opportunity to have a such discussions with him.20190822_122337

Photo credit: Amadou Sowe/yve/220819/GEFOFFICE/kotu

Both institutions are looking forward to a fruitful working relationship and strengthening the CSO engagement in responding to the intervention areas in the Gambia.

Reported by

Amadou sowe program Assistant Officer YVE Gambia.


YVE Gambia Conducts a Monitoring and Evaluation Exercise on VFL Project 2019 in CRR and URR

Photo Credit : Joe Bongay/yvegambia 

On the 3rd and 4th August , 2019 , YVE Gambia conducted monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)  exercise on its Views from the Frontline (VFL) Project in the Central and Upper Region of The Gambia .  The purpose of their visit was to assess the weakness and  progress made by the designated Partner Organisation (PO) on the VFL project in the aforementioned region .  Upon arrival , YVE had a good welcome remarks by both AVISU  NGO and WASDA NGO  which was followed by an open session of discussion surrounding the project .

Through the open discussion and monitoring process, the POs had the opportunity to share their VFL Project progress report ,the  challenges and possible measures  or solutions to boost up  their progress in the project .

YVE Gambia team comprising of Joe Bongay (Executive Director ) , Ejatou Jaiteh (Programmes Coordinator ) and Amadou Barry (Member National Advisory Committee )  further shared their project findings and perspective of  the current project outlook implementation of the POs in their respective regions with recommendations and evaluation report shared with the POs.

Despite the challenges faced by POs in the field ranging from mobility , fast internet availability, mobilization of community members  among others, successful data were collected and are uploading progressively . The  recommendations and possible solutions shared by YVE team  would help the POs in their effort  to accomplish their expected task or set of  goals  in line with the project  .  YVE will further its M& E exercise in other regions in the up coming days .

Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE) Gambia serves as the National Coordinating Organisation for the Views from the Frontline (VFL)Project 2019 in The Gambia . VFL 2019 aims to strengthen the inclusion and collaboration between at risk people, civil society and governments in the design and implementation of policies and practices to reduce risks and strengthen resilience . The project is been funded by the European Union (EU) and coordinated by the Global Network for Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) .

Prepared by :

Amadou Sowe