NDMA, WFP assess cash transfer excercise in CRR

The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), recently held a day-long session on the lessons learned from their just concluded three months cash transfer exercise, held at the National Nutrition Agency conference hall in Kanifing.


The United Nations World Food Programme and the NDMA had successfully supervised unconditional cash transfers, implemented in the Niamina West District of the Central River Region (CRR).


However, the day’s learning session in Kanifing was designed to enable them analyse the achievements and constraints during the three months’ exercise. The session also availed the participants, the opportunity to exchange views and ideas aimed to better implement them, and address constraints in the future.


At the meeting, the World Food Programme  country representative, Victoria Ginger, affirmed that the aim of the meeting was to reflect on the process that they recently participated in terms of providing the materials to the beneficiaries in the Niamina West District in the Central River Region.


She explained that their project started with the assessment and registration of beneficiaries, as well as nutritional education.


The meeting, she noted, would help them bring up ideas from the lessons learnt during the 3 months’ exercise; so as to identify the best practices that they could put together in the implementation of the food project, given the fact that The Gambia is a country that is prone to natural disasters and the impact of climate change.


WFP country rep thus called on the participants to provide  inputs with regard to how they could improve their intervention to assist the vulnerable people in the communities and regions.


The deputy executive director of the National Disaster Management Agency, Serign Modou Joof,pointed out that their just concluded cash transfer exercise wasn’t quite easy but thanked the communities for their response. He then disclosed that record have it that the communities in CRR are the most vulnerable, and so expressed their commitment to adress the situation.


He explained that the meeting would also look at how their assessment was conducted, what were the hitches that were faced during the exercise as well as the identification of the people in the community.


Joof also thanked their partners such as the European Union for funding the exercise through World Food Programme

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 11:43

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