YVE Ends Multiparty VdF Review Forum

Partner agencies include YVE, National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), National Environment Agency (NEA) AVISU, Saama Kairo, ADRA and WASDA.

The forum aims to review the Views from the Frontline (VFL) project in The Gambia, following a three-year evaluation.

YVE, in collaboration with partners, has carried out inclusive people-centered research for building resilience, as promoted under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) and other frameworks that are part of the ‘Agenda 2030.

Addressing the gathering, Joe Bongay, Executive Director of YVE, explained that the review of the advocacy strategy and consolidated national report of VdF 2019 would help to gather evidence at the national level to ensure an urgent and appropriate response to victims. of disasters.

“We will be highlighting important issues and with the hope of giving a voice to those most affected,” he said.

Bongay noted that with the help of the report, YVE, as the implementing body, prioritized government stakeholders and set key policies to influence authorities to show leadership, take measures and investing resources in disaster mitigation.

“The goal is to do positive advocacy to ensure positive change is built towards building the resilience of communities most at risk,” he said.

“With the adoption of the Paris Agreement at COP21 and the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals, YVE continues to maintain its commitment to the people of The Gambia and its development partners, through its various programs aimed at strengthening growth. inclusive economy, poverty reduction and contributing to natural disaster preparedness and management efforts.

He urged participants to share their experience and expertise on community-based disaster risk management and adaptation through the VFL exercise as well as to exchange ideas.

Fanta Darboe, Communications Officer at YVE, described the triennial review as very important, saying it aims to address people’s constraints on the country’s socio-economic growth.

Binta Sey-Jadama, disaster coordinator for the West Coast region, said YVE’s implementing partners were selected based on their credibility and commitment to national development.

The VdF 2019 report, she added, was successfully collected despite difficulties faced by researchers due to low understanding of DRR among residents of the targeted communities.

She noted, however, that as long as the report was put together, there was a greater need for commitment and political will from stakeholders to ensure the implementation of the report’s recommendations.

“YVE and her partners cannot do it alone,” she said.

“I hope this report will be beneficial for students and organizations,” she said.

Representing the Executive Director of the NEA, Njagga Touray, Director of Intersectoral Services of the agency, also commended YVE and the implementing agencies for the DDR report.

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