Migration and Sustainable Development in The Gambia

Consultative Dialogue
Organised by
GK Partners & Office of the President
(Government of The Gambia)

REPORT OF THE
SECOND STAKE IN THE NATION FORUM

SNF2 Keynote Address:
His Excellency President Adama Barrow

VENUE: Coco Ocean Resort & Spa, Bijilo, The Gambia
DATE: Saturday, 12 January 2019
TIME: 9am to 7pm

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SNF2 RECORDING

RECORDING OF THE SECOND STAKE IN THE NATION FORUM

SNF2 Keynote Address: His Excellency President Adama Barrow,
Delivered by the Vice President, H.E. Ousainu A.N.M. Darboe

Saturday, 12 January 2019, 9am to 7pm

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“Some of you are regular visitors to The Gambia, and others have suffered the pain and isolation of exile, caused by 22 years of dictatorship. Yet, all of you, through different ways,
have maintained your emotional and
developmental ties with our great country”

H.E. President Adama Barrow – 23 September 2017

Gambian Diaspora Strategy Booklet

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GAMBIAN DIASPORA
EIGHTH REGION OF THE GAMBIA

DIASPORA STRATEGY

Phase 2 of the MSDG project focuses on:

Accredited training and CPD on Consular Services and Diaspora Diplomacy (CSDD), and Public Sector Management (PSM);
Diaspora engagement and the annual Stake in the Nation Forum (SNF);
Facilitation of diaspora voting and participation in municipal, national, regional and international policy processes;
Support the development of the Gambia Diaspora Directorate (GDD);
Reducing the cost of remittances and issuance of Diaspora Bonds;
Gambian Diaspora Technical Support (GDTS) and diaspora investment

Partnership between GK Partners, Swiss Government & Gambia Government

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Gambia Diaspora
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Gambia Diaspora Month
(15 Dec to 14 Jan)
Remittances
& Investment
Stake in the Nation Forum
(Annual Event)
Capacity Development
(Training & Support)
Gambia House Model
(Diaspora Diplomacy)
Diaspora Networks
(Organisations & Groups)
Rabat Process
(Euro-African Dialogue)
Global & Bi-Lateral Engagement

‘Migration and Sustainable Development in The Gambia’

Welcome to the website of the ‘Migration and Sustainable Development in The Gambia’ (MSDG) project. The pilot phase of MSDG was implemented from  August 2017 to December 2018, during which a Gambian Diaspora Strategy (GDS) was developed and incorporated in the Gambia National Development Plan (NDP 2018-21).

The overall goal of the MSDG project is: “to enhance the role of the Gambian diaspora in national development, as the Eighth Region of the country”The specific goals are: “to create a fully operational service delivery Gambia Diaspora Directorate (GDD), and to expand and enhance diaspora participation in Gambian development policy and practice”.

Through a diaspora-led Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP), MSDG seeks to achieve the following main results:

  • Capacity Development: Enhanced capacity on diaspora and sustainable development for government officials and Non-State Actors through Continuing Professional Development.
  • Policy Processes: Increased policy engagement in Migration, Diaspora and Development processes, through diaspora, bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
  • Strategy Implementation: Coordinated implementation of the Gambia Diaspora Strategy (GDS) through a newly structured service delivery Gambia Diaspora Directorate (GDD).
  • Engagement and Participation: Enhanced diaspora participation in development through facilitated engagement in networks, forums, national consultations, municipal proceedings and electoral processes.
  • Cost of Remittances: Increased net funds received by individuals and households through reduction of the transaction cost of remittances sent to Gambia.
  • Investment and Job Creation: Enhanced job creation through optimised diaspora investment in structured incentive schemes and programmes.

The programme is designed and implemented by GK Partners (GKP), in partnership with the Government of The Gambia, and co-financed by GKP and the Swiss Government.

About Us

The ‘Migration and Sustainable Development in The Gambia’ is being implemented six months after the inauguration of the new coalition government in The Gambia. It builds on the initial ‘Induction and Training Workshop for the Cabinet Ministers’ conducted by GK Partners (GKP) on 11 February 2017 in Gambia, and the subsequent one-to-one briefings with the President, Ministers, senior government officials and development partners.

Optimising the Benefits of Migration for Gambian Development

  • Research, consultation and production of a 10-Year Gambian Diaspora Strategy
  • Structuring and creation of a Gambia Diaspora Directorate and website
  • Inauguration of an annual ‘Stake in the Nation Forum’
  • Scheme to reduce the transaction costs of remittances.

Improving Implementation and Operational Capacity and Effectiveness

  • Mapping of the structures, services and activities of selected Ministries
  • Professional training in diaspora-development and operational effectiveness
  • Support government engagement in global migration and development processes
  • Review and analysis of government and programme effectiveness.