Between July and September 2016, Gambia Country Water Partnership (GCWP) has developed and submitted project proposals in response to calls made by Afric-alliance Consortium and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. The proposal submitted to Afric-alliance was for establishing Youth Action Groups for the promotion of IWRM principles and practices. The proposal submitted to the Global Partnership is to strengthen and consolidate the Water Resources Information Management System established at the Department of Water Resources by the defunct National Water Sector Reform Project. This is to expand and integrate relevant information collected and sharing among all stakeholders in the water and related sectors. It is also meant to facilitate access and usability of such information for water security, climate change resilient development, socio cultural and socio economic development, sustainability of the environment and vital ecosystems as well as the attainment of the sustainable development goals.
Following a call for proposal by UNDP, Global Environment Fund, Small Grants Programme (Support fund for civil society organisations) in 2015, and GCWP has developed and submitted a project proposal in respond to the call. The proposal is for “Stakeholder Awareness and Capacity Building Training for Two Hundred and Fourty Farmers (120 males and 120 females) in six communities in Kiang West, Jokadu and Illiasa districts, on Water Security, Ecosystems management and Climate Change Resilient Development issues.
Approval is granted to GCWP for implementing the project. An amount of Twenty-five thousand US Dollars (UD$25,000.00) is approved to fund the project. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed and all other arrangements are completed. A First payment of fifty per cent (50%) is expected to be made to GCWP account early October in order to facilitate project implementation. GCWP will continue to mobilise funds through development of proposals and other fund raising mechanisms.