Development Approach

FIOHs development approach is to work as a partner within Village Development Projects (VDP) through “bottom-up” participatory methods. Prior to the start of any project in these communities a Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) is conducted. PRA is a planning tool that helps identify the development priority areas that are complied into a Community Action Plan (CAP). FIOH has been working with village development projects (VDP) since 2007, in order to reach the objective and achieve sustainable development, fight poverty and improve livelihood conditions in rural Gambia. 

Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) in Sare Njobo Upper River Region, April 2011

Target Groups

Target groups in the VDPs are community based organisations (CBO), such as Village Development Committees (VDC) including representatives from CBOs and traditional community leaders, parent teacher association (PTA) including parents of children going to school from a cluster of villages. PTA is a major stakeholder in the education sector and their main interest area is to participate in the management of the community school in order to improve the learning conditions of the children. Other targeted CBOs are Mother’s clubs, Environmental clubs, Gender committees etc.

School development targets teachers in lower basic schools in the VDP. With additional funding from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) teachers from additional 50 schools in Lower River Region, Central River Region and Upper River Region, benefit from the training with SEGRA.

Construction and technical training are targeting local youth as trainees in the villages where the projects are implemented.

In-service teachers training in early grade reading ability