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|Organisatie:||Global Unification-The Gambia|
|To improve women’s income level in Dongoroba village through education and life-skills development.|
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|The expected effects of having garden tools, training, construction of storage facilities for garden produce in Dongoroba village.|
Global Unification-The Gambia
Global Unification-The Gambia (formally Global Unification-University of the Gambia chapter) was established as a student’s base research club at the University of the Gambia in June 2006. The idea of establishing this club came as result of a meeting held between some students of the university and staff of Global Unification International who where in the Gambia as part of the Pre-African Union summit session for youth leaders. After a few months of work and a good response from the university students, the association was transformed into a national charitable association and became a legally registered entity on the 15th November 2006.
As young students and the university being the centre of learning and innovation, we felt, that establishing this club will enable us to contribute:
1.the culture of research and innovation among students of the university
2.Involve the university students in community services and programs
3. Support Global Unification International in designing, promoting and influencing global policies on good governance, poverty reduction and human right, which we believe are inherent duties which all nations should try to achieve for its citizens.
From this date onwards, we have continued to influence various forums on gender reforms of the UN system and the MDGs, carried regular annual work programs on the advancement of women, youth and children, environmental sustainability, good governance, human rights.
Ebrima Dem is the National Coordinator of Global Unification International in the Gambia. As such, he is responsible for coordinating and supervising the association’s activities in the country. Being a youth leader, Mr. Dem has represented the voice of young people in major international fora such as the, UNEP Conference on the environment, held Daejeon, Korea,COP 16, Cancun, Mexico, 2010, COP-15 Climate Change summit held in Copenhagen, Denmark, December 2009 and the NMC world youth meeting held in Bari, Italy from the 19 to 21st January 2010.
How many staff members are working for Global Unification –The Gambia?
Global Unification has 10 staff members called the national committee, which is headed by the National Representative, 5 advisory members (board members) and 30 non permanent field workers. Note: all our staff are volunteers (not paid).
Inspired by the principle of Earth Charter, Global Unification-The Gambia, joined Earth Charter International in May 2009, incorporating its activities into Earth Charters mission and thus, becoming a recognised Earth Charter Youth Group. (http://ecyg.wikispaces.com/Global+Unification). Our volunteers also took part in Eglo online training 2009. Prior to this, we had meeting Jaana Leitinen (Earth Charter International youth Coordinator) at the Tunza youth conference, Daejeon, Korea. Visit:
The Women´s Initiative for Education and Economic Empowerment (WIFE) is a new concept and the first of its kind to be implemented by Global Unification-The Gambia; however, the association had wide experience in pro-poor advocacy and enhancing community-driven poverty alleviation efforts such as community reforestation, grassroots community sensitization on malaria prevention. In all our previous activities we have had high community response.
In co-operation with other Institutions, our mission is to excel in delivering the best educational skills and practices to individuals and groups to accelerate sustainable development in The Gambia.
Our objective is to improve the capacity and efficiency of individuals and groups, in the delivering of quality services, utilizing local and international best practices and standards, to meet the needs of our local communities.
GU integrates professionals, institutions, and organizations with the latest available technology in systems and applications, designed specially to improve performance in acceleration of sustainable development in poor communities in the Gambia
We believe in the unity of mankind – that all people matter, and that the world is run under one system, as one planet, ensuring mankind’s survival. We believe that the word ¨Poverty¨ should be removed from our dictionary and that there should no longer be poor countries or poor people on our planet.
We believe that the differences between us, which make life interesting, and that we should cherish these differences, not ignore them.
Our Priority Programs:
To achieve our objectives, we have divided our work into five priority programs called domains. These are:
1. Education & Training ( focus on ICT, Career counselling for youth, enterprneurial and skill development for women etc)
2. Gender & Women rights (focus on: HIV/AIDS, Gender Based Violence and FGM)
3 Environment & Climate Change
4. Health ( focus on: Malaria, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health)
For more information about our work and how we can partner, please visit: www.globalunificationthegambia.org
Legally registered charitable association.
In implementing the WIFE project, Global Unification-The Gambia, we will work closely with the women cooperative society of Dongoroba village (Women Kaffoo) and Dongoroba village Community Base organisation (DCBO). These two groups were engaged in the project designing and are currently updated about this request for funding. Added to this, we will seek the support of the National Women Farmers Association of the Gambia (NAWFA) to provide the training and technical advice. We will seek the collaboration of Concern Universal under their SMILE B project for the construction and installation of the Rope and Drip irrigation system ( in phase two of the project)
The WIFE project grew out of our desire to address one of the most critical issues affecting women in Dongoroba village – the level of poverty and social exclusion meted against them. This is a patriarchal community, where the male domination in every aspect of the life of the community is inherent and really retarding the women’s advancement.
Key obstacles retarding the advancement of women here, are their low level education and skills and as well as the existing traditional land tenure system which does not allow women to own land, thus preventing them from venturing into large scale agricultural activities. Therefore, the main source of income and livelihood available to these women is the village garden, which is now getting completely dilapidated after prolongs using.
The scarcity of water in the Garden is also a serious constraint for the women. As at now, the whole garden has only two wells, which most of the time dry up after prolong fetching during peak gardening period (dry season).
The women of Dongoroba village, despite working hard in this garden, they seldom receive maximum benefit from their hard-earned produce. They are always at the mercy of ‘middle men’, who capitalise on their low level of education and poverty to buy their produce at the lowest cost and retail for greater profit. This unfair and hard experience by these helpless women is what motivated us to come with this project to come to their aid.
How many women are going to benefit from this project (directly or indirectly)?
Through the WIFE project at least 300 women will benefit from the entrepreneurship skills training, 300 will directly benefit from the improved garden, while, up to 700 family members either directly or indirectly benefits from income generated from this garden.
What of women who may need the support but in a different sector from garden farming? Is there a possibility of training them in another sector altogether like tailoring, chicken farming?
In the second phase of the project, 60 women will be trained on hand- on skills such as, tie-dye, tailoring, tomato jam making, etc thus, providing them with alternative source of livelihood. Up to 40 women will also be provided with start up capital to embark on small scale businesses.
The lands for the garden is provided free of charge by the elders of Dongoroba and have been used by the women for their gardening for the past 18 years. However, as the population of the women increased so as the demand for space. In this regard, consultative meetings have taken place with the elders of Dongoroba village through the support of village community base organisation to provide additional land for the purpose of the project. At the moment, demarcation has been done and construction and enlargement of the garden will begin as soon the project receive fund. The garden is located at the village`s reserve land which can be easily accessible for village development projects, without any government intervention. This is because, here, access to land is strictly on communal land tenure system.
The village of Dongoroba, already have women co-operative (Kaffoo) in place. Thus, the work of the garden will carried out with the support of this co-operative and the village community base organisation (DCBO). However, through this project, we will strengthen these two institutions making them better organised and more responsive.
At the moment, women of Dongoroba only produce non-durable garden products such as pepper and tomatoes, mostly during the rainy session. The reason for this is the poor fence of the garden and lack of proper storage facility. The only market available for their products is a nearby weekly village market ‘Lumo’. Here, they cannot make a good sales unless at a give-away price under the exploitative hands of the‘middle men’. Thus through the project, we will explore new markets in the urban areas, where women can sale their produce themselves and earn better return. With the proper storage, they can keep their produce until such time when price is much better. Added to this, as the project begins, we will encourage the women to grow other alternative tree crops and drought resistance verity of plants to give to chance to generate more income for themselves.
The WIFE project of Dongoroba is pilot project and experimental stage for a long term local communities support initiative. Thus, after the success of this project in this community, we will also try repeat the same project in other communities
The goals of the WIFE project are:
1.to adequately engage women in income generating activities in gardening thereby reducing their level of extreme poverty.
2.to provide clean water to the women for their garden water and domestic use
3.improve the level of awareness among women and their male counter about negative effect of family gender base violence meted against women
4.to provide non formal education and hand-on techniques in areas of gardening and management of small scale businesses.
The target group/beneficiaries for the project are women of Dongoroba village who, due to their low level of education and skills as well as the existing traditional land tenure system, have only the garden as their main source on income.
How many women are going to benefit from this project (directly or indirectly)?
Through the WIFE project at least 300 women will benefit from the entrepreneurship skill training, 300 will directly benefits from the improved garden, while, up to 700 family members either directly or indirectly benefits from income generated from this garden.
The project will contribute is reducing poverty situation among the beneficiaries through the sale of garden produce. It will improve their skills in the management of small scale business in gardening
The WIFE project will take a participatory approach in which the beneficiaries will take ownership and lead the implementation all through to the end. Therefore for the sustainability of the project, successful trainees will be encouraged to train others. Beneficiaries will also be encouraged to form credit unions in which they can save and re-invest part of their profit in to the project. In fact, one the selection criteria of selecting beneficiaries will be base on willingness to contribute into project sustainability through this scheme. A committee from the village community base organisation will also be set up to ensure efficient usage of the project material and the storage facility.
As a youth-led association, we received no subvention or direct financial from government. Therefore, money for operational cost of the project will be derived mainly from membership monthly dues and little donations from individuals and groups.
However, the association has secretariat with three offices and three computers and one fix telephone but no internet connection. The rent for this secretariat is paid by Global Unification International on a yearly basis. This secretariat will thus serve as the project administrative centre.
The training will be conducted by Global Unification volunteers, expatriate volunteers, (if any) and experts from the National Farmers Association of the Gambia (NAWFA). So far discussion has been reached with some of staff of this institution to provide this training on voluntary basis, while the project will be responsible for transportation and honorariums. Therefore, as soon the project receives funding, this discussion will be consolidated and work starts in earnest.
Is there any plan to expand the project dimension? (You may have other possible project ideas based on the available resources along with the gardening?
For now, the WIFE project is limited to garden and providing training for target beneficiaries.
The independent body to do the monitoring & evaluation, has this person been identified? What of their consultation fee? As this is not included in this budget; or it funded independently?
The monitoring will be done by Global Unification´s volunteers and expatriates volunteers ( if any), while the evaluation will be done by independent consultant, The consultant has been so far been identified and discussion has taken place. This discussion will be consolidated as soon as the project receives financial support. However, no consultation fees was required and hence was not included in the budget.
15 september 2010
15 september 2011
1.Re-fencing and expansion of the garden-September 2010 to January 2011
2. Vocational skills training on entrepreneurship and management of scale business in gardening: February2011 to July 2011
3. Community sensitization against gender based violence on women: August 2011 to September 2011
4.Monitoring and evaluation; September 2010 to September 2011
The following are expected outcome of the project:
a. At least 20 % increase in the income level of the project beneficiaries
b.At least the village garden’s fence upgraded
c.Increase in access to water for gardening and domestic needs
d.At least one stall with a store facility built in the village, on the side of the trans-Gambia high way.
e.At least 300 women received training in entrepreneurial skills and small business management, leading to improve marketing and management skills of their produce
f. 700 family members either directly or indirectly benefits from income generated from this garden
g. At least 300 people comprising the members of Dongoroba community base organisation (DCBO), community leader, students and women sensitized on the women’s rights and family gender base violence.
g.At least 3 reports of monitoring produced.
h.At least 4 monitoring field visits carried out; and
i.Final evaluation of the project undertaken and reports produced
2 x €32x3 = €192
300 x €2,- = €600
|A). REFENCHING GARDEN: Labour
100 x €1.97 = €197
|A). REFENCHING GARDEN: Poles
800 x €1.08 = €864
|A). REFENCHING GARDEN: Nails
700 x €1.40 = 980
|A). REFENCHING GARDEN: Barbwires
200 x €3.40 = €680
This budget is only for the first phase of the project. Also note that administration cost and labour cost is not included in the amount requested from 1%club.
The Total amount of the project is: A). REFENCHING GARDEN
Item Qty Unit Total (€)
Barbwires 200 3.4 680
Nails 700 1.4 980
Poles 800 1.08 864
Labour 100 1.97 197
Subtotal: € 2721.00
Item Qty unit cost Total
Materials 300 2 600
Trainers 2 32x3 192
D). Monitoring & Evaluation
Item Qty Unit Cost Total
Field visits 6 36.8 220.8
Consultant 1 168 168
F). Administrative Cost: €420.94
Grand Total €4322.74
The project is new concept and hence at the moment is not expecting other source of funding, however, being the implementation organisation, Global Unification will be responsible for administrative cost of the project cost. Labour will provide be by the community of Dongoroba