By Saikou Suwareh Jabai
The Programme Officer for Networking at The Association of
Non-Governmental Organization (TANGO), Mr. Kebba K. Barrow, said inorder to combat poverty in the country and the continent, more
concerted efforts must first be put in place in tackling corruption.
He was speaking at the launching of the Global Day of Action 2015 at
the Gambia College Campus on Saturday, 11 July, under the guidance of
the Young Volunteers for the Environment the Gambia.
Barrow, who also doubles as the board member of the YVE, presenting on
the topic ‘’Ending Poverty’’, said poverty is general scarcity or
dearth, or the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material
possessions or money.
‘’It is a multifaceted concept, which includes social, economic, and
political elements,’’ he said.
Poverty, according to him, may be chronic or temporary and most of the
time it is closely related to inequality.
Dilating on measures taken to end poverty in the Gambia, Barrow noted
that in a national poverty assessment study conducted by the
International Labor Organization (ILO) and published in 1992, it is
stated that an estimated 33% of the urban populations were identified
as ‘’ Food Poor’’ and 75% of the rural populations were estimated to
suffer from Food-Poverty during the ‘’Hungry Season’’ in Banjul.
‘’Given the low levels of inequality within and among communities in
The Gambia, particularly those in rural areas, it is difficult to
isolate particular pockets of poverty, it must be dealt with in a
holistic and integrated manner,’’ he said.
The TANGO official said a Round Table Conference held in Geneva in
April 1994 endorsed the Strategy for Poverty Alleviation (SPA), with
The Gambia’s development partners and UN specialized agencies pleading
their support where the following Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers
were developed and implemented in the Gambia namely Strategy for
Poverty Reduction 1-2003-2007, Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper
2-2007-2011, Programme for Accelerated Growth and
He noted that over the last three (3) decades, NGO’s and the Private
Sector had also supported Poverty Reduction Programme in the Gambia as
the following NGO’s are the key main actors in the country, Action Aid
International The Gambia, Gambia Women Finance Association, Gambia
Women Farmers Association, Women in Service Development Organization
and the Association of Farmers Educators and Traders.
The measures that needs to be done in ending poverty, he SAID, are the
micro credit for women and out of school youths, improve governance
systems to fight against corruption, improving the standard of
education, infrastructural development- building of roads,
electricity, better access to water, building hospitals, adequate
distribution of the country’s resources.
Mr. Barrow also noted that putting a stop to violence against women
and children, the provision of social protection services for
vulnerable members of the communities, capacity building and timely
provision of equipment to farmers, law enforcement to ensure justice,
investing in time saving devices for women, set up credit and saving
schemes for farmers, land ownership-stop multi-national corruptions to
take land from the poor, improved ICT technology, job creation and
farmers working together to improve production are all factors to be