Association of NGOs in the Gambia (TANGO) wishes to announce the launching of a
new project aimed at strengthening democracy, good governance and human rights protection
in the Gambia funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The two-year
project entitled, ‘Strengthening Human Rights and Good Governance in the Gambia’
is an awareness creation and advocacy activity that will seek to engage all sectors
of Gambian society in a drive to contribute to the democratisation process of
the country following the 2016 political change.
project will particularly target civil society organizations (CSOs) with a view
to strengthening their advocacy capacity to effectively participate in public
policy processes in holding the government to account. Furthermore, the project
also aims to enhance popular participation to nurture democratic culture,
combat corruption and ensure efficient delivery of public services.
project will employ several activities to achieve these outcomes including capacity
development, campaigns around policy and development issues, media engagement and
community outreach. The project will target CSOs, communities, traditional and
religious communities as well as policy and lawmakers and ordinary citizens. It
will forge partnerships with the media, academia and the private sector as well
as with Government agencies. TANGO will also partner with the National Council
for Civic Engagement for public outreach activities to educate the public about
their rights and responsibilities.
is not merely about the exercise of civil and political rights. Rather those
civil and political rights are indeed vehicles to enable citizens to enjoy
social and economic wellbeing. Hence the theory of change of this project is
first to empower citizens to understand their civic rights and duties. When
citizens are so empowered, they will then be able to recognize and defend their
rights and demand better services from the Government, at local and central
levels. This is TANGO’s theory of change.
main goal of the project therefore is to build and strengthen democratic
governance by raising widespread civic awareness to generate active and
informed popular participation in the Gambia. TANGO therefore hereby seeks the
cooperation of all stakeholders particularly citizens, CSOs, the Gambia Government,
private businesses and traditional and religious leaders among others for the successful
implementation of the project. This project falls within the wider objective of
TANGO’s campaign of ‘The Gambia We Want’. The project has come at a rather opportune
moment as the country emerges out of dictatorship and seeking to transition to democracy.
part of the publicly announcement of this project TANGO wishes to also announce
its new official website – www.tango.gm