Gambia 2020

Advancing Reconciliation through a Memory House for Victims of Human Rights Violations

African Network against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances (ANEKED)

$50,000

To mobilize citizens to demand reconciliation and justice. The organization will create a memorialization site with a permanent exhibition to honor the victims of human rights violations, help prevent future abuses, and generate a dialogue around reparations. The grantee will collaborate with schools to facilitate education programs at the “Memory House”. The organization will also develop and conduct virtual video tours to reach a wider public and will host an International Day of the Disappeared to enable families to commemorate victims.

Empowering Victims of Human Rights Violations to Advance Sustainable Reconciliation and Reparations Processes

Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations

$59,000

To promote an inclusive transitional justice process and sustainable reconciliation. The organization will increase the understanding of relevant stakeholders on the Truth Reconciliation and Reparation Commission’s reparation policy and reconciliation strategies and solicit their support for the implementation of the commission’s recommendations. The organization will continue to collect testimonies and register victims of abuses in its database. Additionally, the grantee will produce and air radio talk shows focused on the transitional justice process.

Fostering Democratic Consolidation through Increased Youth Leadership and Participation

Activista (The Gambia)

$43,200

To strengthen youth participation in the constitutional referendum and in governance to advance their political rights. The organization will conduct leadership trainings for youth leaders to enable them to make informed political decisions. The organization will host community dialogues to engage youth with elected officials on their rights and priorities and advocate for increased youth participation in governance. The grantee will conduct an outreach program targeting schools to educate students on the importance of inclusive democratic governance.

Marble II

Gambia Participates

$48,554

To encourage participation and promote transparency in the presidential election. The grantee will host countrywide community dialogues on electoral reforms, including the use of the paper ballot. The organization will develop a mobile application and short films to increase voters’ understanding of the electoral process. The organization will host an election tech camp to encourage digital solutions to election-related issues and will operate a situation room on polling day to collect, verify and publish election results on the app.

Mobilizing Gambians to Participate in an Inclusive Constitutional Referendum

Center for Policy, Research & Strategic Studies (CepRass)

$40,000

To foster Gambians’ participation in the constitutional referendum. The organization will conduct voter sensitization, registration, and mobilization campaign to raise citizens’ awareness about the new constitution and key reforms. The grantee will develop a handbook with simplified information on the referendum process and disseminate it through community workshops, musical performances, and radio and TV programs. In addition, the organization will share information pertaining to the constitutional referendum through text messages and on social media, and record the draft constitution debate.

Strengthening Civil Society Capacity to Observe Election Processes

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$500,000

To contribute to enhancing the integrity of upcoming electoral processes in The Gambia, The institute proposes a program to strengthen the capacity of Gambian civil society to monitor elections and political reform processes. The institute will support Gambian civil society organizations to develop a coordination mechanism, enhance their ability to deploy more systematic election observation methods, and apply these methods through observing the likely constitutional referendum in late 2020 as well as the ongoing electoral reform process.

Strengthening Democracy through Increased Women’s Political Participation and Representation

Think Young Women

$45,000

To strengthen women’s participation in elections and representation in decision-making. The organization will engage various stakeholders on the need to support women as candidates in the upcoming elections. The organization will engage traditional communicators on the importance of women’s role in politics. It will engage women candidates and political party leaders about the valuable contribution women bring to politics. The grantee will finally host radio programs aimed at sensitizing women and the public on the importance of women leadership and political participation

Supporting the Active Participation of Women and Youth in the in the Transitional Justice Process and the Promotion of their Rights

International Center for Transitional Justice

$50,000

To enhance women’s ability to influence the transitional justice process and promote their rights. The organization will host community dialogues to enable women victims of human rights violations to voice their experiences. The grantee will engage victims with policy makers to promote their rights and ensure an inclusive transitional justice process. For greater attention to abuses against women, the organization will broadcast radio and TV programs and will host a youth poetry competition on the impact of the former dictatorship on women.