To create an enabling space where young women and men in the Gambia can channel their creativities, potentialities and vibrancies in transforming their communities through self-sustaining socio-economic and cultural opportunities that provide the next generation with a decent life.
GYIN Gambia Chapter is committed to capitalize on the global and national entrepreneurial spirit of young women and men to overcome poverty and build healthy society for the Gambian community.
Support women and youths in the areas of innovation, agribusiness, leadership and entrepreneurship through capacity enhancement, networking, coaching, mentoring, volunteering and service learning as well as fostering partnership with businesses, development organizations, educational institutions, community-based organizations, and other youth-liked minded institutions in order to contribute to the overall mission of goal and the national development plan of the country.
GYIN Gambia Chapter is a youth-led initiative, with strategic support from GYIN International and partners. GYIN Gambia Chapter was selected by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in 2012 as a leading youth mobilization network for agricultural development in The Gambia and fully participated in the designing of the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema Project), which is a US$65M IFAD/IsDB and AfDB co-funded project which started implementation from 2012–2019 inclusive and is directly benefiting: 28,729 households.
As a key stakeholder, GYIN Gambia Chapter is a nominated member of the Project Steering Committee for Nema project and has collaborated with the project for the implementation of youth related activities such as trainings and small-scale vegetable garden production. Also a member of the Nema Inter-Professional Body, a body which advices the project in implementation of project activities related to rice and vegetable production and value chain addition. The core focus of GYIN-Gambia in this domain is to mobilize the rural youth for effective participation in agro-entrepreneurship. Within the framework of the Nema project, GYIN Gambia Chapter participated in designing of the Strengthening Climate Change Resilience of the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema-Chosso). GYIN-Gambia provided the youth perspective in the context of resilience building for the Nema interventions.
GYIN Gambia Chapter facilitated registration of the following youth organizations with the Ministry of Justice (Attorney General’s Chambers), Network of Entrepreneurs the Gambia (NEG in KMC), Jarumeh Koto Foundation in CRR North, Kiara Kaffo in CRR North and Youths against Irregular Migration (YAIM) in KM, Nyofelleh Tabokoto Development Association in WCR. This support to youth formation falls under the Network’s Community Outreach Programmes, where community based organizations are formed, assisted to develop vision and mission statements, draft constitutions and get them registered with the appropriate authorities for legal existence and operation in the country.
GYIN Gambia Chapter has conducted innumerable training programmes and provided support financial and technical services for youth associations in the country.
GYIN Gambia Chapter since its registrations serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Nema Project and participates effectively in IFAD Joint Supervision Mission for the project since its inception in 2013 to date. GYIN Gambia Chapter also participated in similar supervision missions for the former Participatory Integrated Watershed Management Development Project (PIWAMP), Rural Finance Project (RFP) and Livestock and Horticulture Development Project (LHDP) project, all projects under the Ministry of Agriculture, with co-financing by IFAD, the African Development Bank and the Government of The Gambia.
The network has existing structures across the country; Banjul City Council (BCC), Kanifing Municipality (KM), West Coast Region (WCR), Lower River Region (LRR), North Bank Region (NBR), Central River Region South and North (CRR-S/N), and Upper River Region (URR).
Regional Coordinators work closely with our partners in the regions and they are responsible for coordinating and facilitating GYIN Gambia chapter activities both at municipal and regional level.