What We Do
Our work spans various areas as per the principles that guide us as an organization. Thus, we employ different methodologies in accomplishing the goal and objectives we set forth. Some of the areas that we work in include Transparency and Accountability, Legislative Engagement, Anti-Corruption, Advocacy, Access to Information, Civic Education and Engagement, and Research.
Since our establishment in 2016, engaging people to motivate them to partake in the then presidential election, we have worked on numerous projects geared towards informing and educating people, engaging with the state institutions, entities and officials, and bridging the gap between elected officials and the citizenry. Notable amongst these are the Know Your Budget and Follow The Money Initiatives.
We are currently working on advocacy initiatives pushing for the adoption of anti-corruption laws of international standard, developing mobile tools for easy access to election information, building data platforms to better understand data behind matters of citizen interest and a lot more.
Every advocacy begins with raising your voice. And one way to raise the volume of your voice is through the media, which is dominated by digital media. Understanding this reality, Gambia Participates utilizes the power of the modern media to disseminate and enlighten the masses about issues of national prudence to spark discussion around it for the benefit of the country and her people. We foresight issues and solve them before they happen. To stand against corruption and things which were normal in the past even though they’re illegal, we sued the Gambia’s National Assembly to the Supreme Court of The Gambia in 2020, for allocating a D54 million loan scheme to themselves to build their houses in the midst of a public health pandemic. An amount which could have impacted the lives of about 140,000 rural inhabitants, many of whom have no clean drinkable water and health centers in their communities.
In early 2021, the Supreme Court of The Gambia had ruled against the wish of the National Assembly for such a move, thus, we saved the country that huge amount of money. As The Gambia is heading into election later 2021, the Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) gave the Mayor of Banjul to issue attestation to constituents of the City who do not have an ID card, Passport or Birth certificate to also register to vote in the 2021 Presidential election. We are of the view that the Elections Act only gives such mandate to the Alkalo of a village or a Chief of a District, thus, we wrote to the IEC and the Mayor of Banjul to stop such act as it is illegal. Unfortunately, both parties failed to take our advice and thereby refusing to our call to stop issuing attestation. We sued the IEC, the Mayor of Banjul and the Attorney General to the High Court of The Gambia, to look into the illegality of the issuance of attestation by the Mayor of Banjul. Again, the Court ruled in our favor that it’s illegal for the Mayor of Banjul to issue attestation to Banjulians. The Judge went further to explain that it’s obligatory for every citizen who is born in Banjul to register for birth certificate, failure to do so, is a criminal offence in the laws of The Gambia.