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
69
volunteers
youth outreach
58
youth outreach initiatives
community events
57
community events
people reached on the ground
16,076
people reached on the ground
people reached on online
311,375
people reached online
video produced
105
videos produced

Volunteers

Amadou has a great passion for volleyball and enjoys learning new things.
Buba is from Basse, Upper River Region and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of Gambia Returnees…
Lamin has an ardent passion for welding and has gathered over 20 years of experience in the trade.…
Fatou is a native of Bansang in the Central River Region but currently lives in Tallinding. She is…
30-year-old Isatou is a trafficking survivor. Her story did not break her in one bit, and she is…
Alagie refers to himself as a calm young man. He likes playing football with his colleagues and…
Born in Brufut, Sirra worked at a company where she saved some money to leave the country. Since…
Born in Latrikunda Sabijeh, Mustapha holds a diploma in information technology and communication (…