By Adama Tine
Stakeholdersof the Social Safety Net Project (SSNP) on Wednesday concluded a two-day convergence that sought to avail partners the opportunity to take stock of what had been accomplished, challenges faced and pave the way forward for effective implementation and use of resources.
The convergence, held at the Mansakonko Area Council premises was part of efforts for effective and efficient implementation of the project as well as to create a chance where stakeholders can discuss issues for better coordination, synergy and sharing of best practices.
Dr. Amat Bah, acting executive director at National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) stated that every time people talk about The Gambia, they talk about poverty, adding that people even argued that everybody in the country is poor. He added that poverty is the underlining cause of malnutrition, noting that if they have a project that is designed to alleviate that, Gambians should embrace and support it.
Dr. Bah reiterated that at a period where life was very tough in the country as a result of Covid-19, NAFA quickly stepped in to address the issue.
“With the $31 million project grant, $10 million was identified between the World Bank and the Ministry of Finance and partners to be used for Nafa Quick, so that people can buy food items, pay their medical bills and do a lot,” he further said.
He thanked the implementing partners, stating that NANa cannot do it alone.
Fatou Gibba, Director of Community Development said the convergence was meant to reflect on what happened, the challenges along the way in order to pave the way forward in terms of putting the project in the right direction. She reiterated her department’s commitment and dedication towards the implementation of the project.
She thanked the Department of Social Welfare and NaNA for their smooth collaboration during the process, hoping that it would continue to ensure they address extreme poverty in the country.