The Gambia

The Gambia

With a population of over 2 million people, The Gambia is the smallest country in continental Africa and has the highest per capita migration rate in the continent. Between 2017 and 2019, at least 5,000 migrants stranded in Libya, Niger, and other parts of Africa and Europe returned home The Gambia.

In The Gambia, Migrants as Messengers’ implementation take into account lessons learned, gaps and best practices from previously conducted awareness-raising campaigns, with the aim of empowering youth to make informed migration decisions. At the forefront of the campaign are returnee volunteers, many of whom have been working with IOM on sensitization activities, and whose skills and capacities to conduct evidence-based campaigns will be strengthened. With their own unique personal stories, the returnees will be mobilizing various community engagement initiatives, integrating behavior change objectives into popular Gambian pastimes – including sports, music and dance, attaya (green tea) discussions and bantaba (community meetings). The project will further leverage disseminating audiovisual content on-air and online platforms, especially radio and community radio, which remains the top source of information for many Gambians. Finally, the project’s strong evaluation component will allow IOM and partners to reflect on what works, to inform future awareness-raising initiatives in the country.

Key Figures

volunteers
71
volunteers
youth outreach
76
youth outreach initiatives
community events
69
community events
people reached on the ground
17,045
people reached on the ground
people reached on online
325,877
people reached online
video produced
113
videos produced

Volunteers

Amadou has a great passion for volleyball and enjoys learning new things.
Absa describes herself as a hardworking, friendly and jovial young lady. She is a very sociable…
Amie describes herself as an easy-going person. She loves cooking, reading novels, listening to…
Adama is a hardworking young man who likes innovation and sharing ideas with others. He enjoys…
Aged 25, Fatou describes herself as hardworking, easy to interact with and wants to make a…
Rosamond is a young woman with self-confidence and belief. She is very hardworking, passionate…
Referring to himself as a hardworking gentleman, Almamo likes making friends and hanging out. He…
Alagie describes himself as a simple and ordinary person. He is hardworking and likes being on…