Thursday, March 8, 2018

Information and communications technologies are essential to the empowerment and success of poor rural women

UN agencies in Rome to mark International Women’s Day

Rome, 7 March 2018 – The role of information communications technologies in supporting rural women's economic empowerment, voice and status, will be the focus of discussions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 8 March, International Women’s Day.

IFAD, together with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), will highlight the role that innovations in information and communications technologies (ICTs) can play in expanding rural women's opportunities in value chains and enterprise development, while increasing their access to education and information.

Gambians in Egypt celebrate 53rd Independence Anniversary

Gambians in Egypt
Gambians in Egypt, with their Egyptians friends and family members celebrated the country’s 53rd years of nationhood in Cairo, Egypt in grand style.
The celebration in Cairo was organised by The Gambia’s consular in Egypt, Hatem Raslan . The celebration was characterised with a friendly football match and a dinner to create more galaxy for love and unity among themselves.
Speaking at both the dinner and at the football match, Hon. Raslan, thanked Gambians in Egypt for coming together to celebrate the country’s rebirth.
He advised them to foster unity, have love for the country and thus contribute to the development agenda of The Gambia, saying that the development of the country entirely lies in the hands of Gambians and their good friends.
He stated that the new government under the leadership of His Excellency President Adama Barrow, has always been calling on Gambians to put all hands on deck to develop the nation.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Nigeria: GE, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Announce Partnership to Empower Corp Members with Entrepreneurial Skills

The overall goal is to improve on and increase the capacity of the youth in building Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
LAGOS, Nigeria, February 26, 2018/ -- GE (NYSE: GE) (, the world’s premier Digital Industrial Company has announced a partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) ( to empower Youth Corps members with valuable entrepreneurial skills in line with its commitment to skills development in Nigeria.

Known as the Start & Improve Your Business (SIYB) training programme, the initiative which is based on the curriculum of the International Labour Organization (ILO), will see thousands of youth corps members receive critical entrepreneurial training. The overall goal is to improve on and increase the capacity of the youth in building Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that can operate effectively and be sustainable long-term. It has been recognized that even at the best of times, employers of labor in the economy will not have the capacity to absorb all the entrants. This has led to a need to promote the development of small and medium scale enterprises, to create self- employment opportunities and expand the scope for job creation, as research findings indicate clearly that 60-70% of new jobs are created by the SME sector.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Agricultural investment can have big impact on the lives of women and girls in developing countries, says IFAD President

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Rome, 1 December 2017 – Investment in agriculture and rural development may be among the best ways for Canada to realize the goals of its new Feminist International Assistance Policy, bringing gender equality and economic empowerment to millions of women and girls in developing countries around the world. That’s the message Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), brings to Ottawa on Monday when he meets with Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.

Houngbo is making his first official visit to Canada’s capital since being appointed President of IFAD, a United Nations specialized agency and international financial institution that focuses on agricultural and rural development in some of the poorest and most remote regions of the world.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


BANJUL – 14 November 2017. The Startup Incubator Gambia in collaboration with International Trade Centre’s Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), and Gambia’s main entrepreneurship development partners including the Young Entrepreneurs Association, The National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI), the Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC), Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia Chapter), GIEPA and EMPRETEC are commemorating global entrepreneurship week with series of exciting and educative activities. 

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 160 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and investors.  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Young rural mentees undergoing GYIN Gambia mentorship programme expresses appreciations

The Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia) under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) singed with the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) from the 29th to 30th November, 2017, held its monthly workshop whereby mentees and mentors shared their experiences.

The workshop was held at the Rural Development Institute (RDI) in the Lower River Region (LRR) which brought together 25 mentees and 5 mentors.

The aim of the mentorship programme is to boost Gambian rural entrepreneurship and agribusiness. The programme supports young people in their efforts to establish sustainable investments in order to become self-reliant. It is anchored on coaching and career counselling rather than the single method of structured trainings. The mentoring programme is a part of a larger entrepreneurship development programme that includes recognition of young entrepreneurs through yearly Rural Youth Awards and specific training camps for upskilling young and aspiring entrepreneurs. 

Climate-smart agriculture benefits marine ecosystems and coastal communities - New IFAD report

The Marine Advantage – Empowering coastal communities, safeguarding marine ecosystems, a study of IFAD’s experience in improving the lives of coastal communities, shows that climate-smart agriculture can also have knock-on benefits for marine ecosystems. Sustainable development in the agriculture sector, including aquaculture, can reduce human pressures on marine ecosystems, which are vulnerable to overfishing, ocean acidification and coral bleaching.

“Agriculture in all its forms is central to inclusive and sustainable development and can contribute to national climate commitments,” said IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo. “However, without appropriate measures, it can also damage marine ecosystems and fall short of its potential in terms of the climate."