Strengthened capacities of governance institutions responsible for accountability, justice and participation at all levels

Introduction

Supporting awareness raising through effective communication and advocacy interventions on the responsibilities and functions of key governance institutions at all levels; developing knowledge tools; supporting periodic dialogue fora and strengthening management and reporting systems in areas such as public financial management and justice to the poor;  and promoting participation and voice at central and local levels.  

The CO will further support the establishment and operationalization of a consultative forum for meaningful and active non-state actors (CSOs) participation in inclusive development; facilitate periodic and regular reporting on international body treaties; and support the implementation of the gender policy to ensure empowerment of women at all levels and sectors.

Accomplishments

A functional ADR secretariat exists in Banjul and two regional centers one in Basse and another in Farafenni have been providing ADR services in 2013. In 2013, a total of 126 cases registered and 95 cases resolved for ADR services by ADRS and two regional centers. The reviewed ADR Act 2005 was submitted to National Assembly for adoption and its enactment. 30 community mediators’ skills enhanced on mediation and increased the availability of ADRs services at decentralized levels. Enhanced capacity of 2 core staff of National Audit Office trained on IPSAS financial statement and governance and 2 others on government budgeting and annual reporting in South Africa improved National Audit Office capacity to audit UN projects and government agencies on newly introduced IPSAS system. Capacity of 53 National Assembly members and 47 staff, CSOs, private sectors and relevant government institutions enhanced to review and scrutinize national government budget.

The Office of Chief Justice improved its database management and information system with the provision of 10 laptops for judges and Magistrates, 14 computers for Court Registries and Central Records Office and availability of electronic copies of the Gambia Law Reports. 30 Journalists of the Gambia Press Union were trained on Women Rights. The Resolution 1325 national action plan is available and 75 representatives of Government institutions, CSOs, NGOs and private sectors were sensitized on the plan. 30 police officers were trained and sensitized on Women’s Act and Women Empowerment Policy in Lower River Region (LRR). 60 participants were sensitized on National Gender Based Violence Action Plan in Greater Banjul and 120 women leaders and local authorities in LRR and CRR. Updated African Gender Development Index (AGDI) report incorporating new sectoral data and an AGDI action plan is available. National Laws and Policies (how many number?) reviewed to assess gender sensitivity.

Six communities in 4 regions sensitized on Human Rights to increase awareness on citizen participation in governance. A training manual on Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) is available. Terminal evaluation of Joint UN HIVAIDS and Election projects conducted and final reports produced. National HIV policy and strategy reviewed; validated and final reports available. 300 PLHIVs trained on PLHIV treatment literacy and 10 support groups strengthened. 51 UN staff trained and sensitized on UN cares and 50 cleaners were sensitized on HIV AIDS prevention and care.

Finances



UNDP finances the total project budget of $1,140,000. Delivery as at the end of 2013 was 99.69%

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