• Banking on tourism in Banjul

    The streets of Banjul are often quiet, especially at night. Some hustle and bustle occurs during the day and on weekends, but for the most part The Gambia’s capital city is quiet. Traffic starts to flush into this port city around 6 a.m. when travellers enter the ferry port en route to the other side … Continued

  • Free, but not fair?

    The day of the local government elections in Banjul, on April 4, I went out onto the streets with my notebook, tape recorder and camera. Before I stepped out of my compound, I was greeted by concerned citizens wondering where I was going with all the equipment. When I told them my mission they begged … Continued

  • Voters in Banjul not swayed by infrastructure needs

    Many of Banjul’s citizens will tell you they support President Yahya Jammeh and his government. Those same civilians say development since 1996, when Jammeh took over as president, has rapidly expanded and increased. More than ever children (specifically girls) are going to school and more hospitals are being built. They call this progress. However, UN … Continued

  • Investing in Gambia’s youth

    In June, The Association of Non Governmental Organizations (TANGO) and the African Capacity Building Foundation brought the Gambia’s Minister of Trade together with development organizations and bankers for the Top Employers Forum in Banjul. The aim was to discuss strategies for job creation, especially among the youth. The big question was, how can Gambia produce … Continued

  • Working for water in Banjul

    Whereas most West African countries get their water from rivers and streams, in The Gambia many people use boreholes or wells. Having access to these water sources, and sanitation facilities, is crucial for public health, since other water sources often carry pollutants. And in the Greater Banjul area national and international organizations, such as UNICEF … Continued

  • Intercultural celebration in Banjul

                  A community of Sierra Leoneans in The Gambia hosted the 52ndIndependent carnival celebration in Banjul.  This urban cultural event, reports The Patriotic Vanguard, “has now become a tradition to bring together Sierra Leoneans and non-Sierra Leoneans alike to celebrate in unity regardless nationality, political background, region and ethnicity … Continued