Building a Future: Make it in The Gambia

The Gambia – North Bank Region, Central River Region, Lower River Region and Upper River Region

The proposed action aims to improve economic development and future prospects for The Gambia’s youth, including returning and/or potential migrants by promoting attractive employment and income opportunities, and to support the Government in its attempt to nurture perception shift for the Gambian population moving away from a ‘future through migration’ to a ‘future in The New Gambia’.

Alongside with the recent political transition towards democracy after 22 years of authoritarian rule, the Gambia faces major economic and social challenges. An undiversified and vulnerable economy, high unemployment or under-employment and poverty rates, lack of reliable and affordable energy, sub-optimal infrastructure and lack of quality education are just some of the push factors. In addition, the number of returnees from Europe and transit countries in Africa will continue to increase due to the challenging situations along the central Mediterranean route and the increase of refusals for asylum-seekers status linked to the change of political regime in The Gambia.

Furthermore the programme aims also at strengthening the reintegration referral mechanism to be developed by IOM, to ensure that return for migrants is a sustainable positive experience in terms of access to skills development programmes and social reintegration, increasing their employability. Finally, the diaspora members should be channelled to better contribute to productive growth through an efficient and sustainable system; a pilot will be initiated, predominantly based on tried and tested forms of sustainable diaspora finance models.

The project in a nutshell:



Overall: Contribute to socio-economic development and to nurture positive prospects for local populations and returning migrants in The Gambia, namely in Central River, North Bank, Lower River and Upper River regions.
Specific: to boost economic development with a focus on attractive employment and revenue generation in regions prone to migration; and to promote a conducive socio-economic environment for an effective and sustainable reintegration of former migrants and to improve the attractiveness of rural areas.



Women and youth, including returning migrants and members of the diaspora.



Sustainable market-oriented agribusiness value chains are emerging and/or reinforced in rural Gambia through training (formal/unformal).
A1.1. Assess the viability of various identified sites, market bottlenecks and opportunities and training needs.
A1.2. Support to rural agroenterprise development.
A1.3. Fostering agribusiness at farm level.
A1.4. Reinforcement and diversification of training offers

Social cohesion has been strengthened by the activities of local organizations and the implementation of social/recreational facilities.
A2.1. Support local community radios to boost their capacity as key information and mobilisation channels.
A2.2. Implement innovation and social cohesion.
A2.3 Schools for social cohesion programme





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22/06/2022 Tekki Fii Project: Agribusiness Convergence Meeting 2022

13/05/2021 Tekki Fii is sensitizing 16 wards in North Bank Region on grants and irregular migration

25/03/2021 Tekki Fii project provides training for 50 teachers on migration

10/11/2020 IMVF and Gambia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry begin business development training for North Bank Region youths in The Gambia

03/11/2020 Tekki Fii handes over 3.5 million dalasis worth of gardening materials to the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education

26/10/2020 Tekki Fii project provides Training for 50 Schools Garden Masters

14/07/2020 European Union reinforces the national response to COVID-19 through Tekki Fii project

08/06/2020 IMVF and ADWAC distributed weighing scales to vegetable gardens

29/05/2020 Jalika Keita: one of the first youths benefitting from the Tekki-Fii Agro-Grants

09/05/2020 The IMVF and Europe Day

08/05/2020 Tekki Fii project supports community radio stations

15/04/2020 Tekki Fii – Building a Future: Make it in The Gambia supports Youth Committee’s awareness campaign on COVID-19

02/04/2020 Tekki Fii partner ADWAC on the frontline of #COVID19 prevention

04/03/2020 IMVF and ADWAC facilitate market linkages for rural farmers in Nyagen, The Gambia

24/01/2020 IMVF and ADWAC supply garden tools and fertilizer to rural communities

17/09/2019 Tekki-Fii – Building a Future: Make it in The Gambia Project organised 2 regional forums

03/05/2019 The IMVF team is growing in The Gambia

23/04/2019 Make it in The Gambia – Tekki Fii promotes a “Sport for Development” training

15/04/2019 Presentation of the Building a Future Programme: Make it in The Gambia – Tekki Fii

10/04/2019 IMVF attends Tekki Fii campaign launch roadshow