The project in a nutshell
The project TEKKI FII - MAKE IT IN THE GAMBIA, funded by the European Union under the framework of the
Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF for Africa), was implemented in The Gambia for almost four years,
between January 2019 and October 2022 by IMVF, with Camões I.P. as an institutional partner, and by the
implementing partners: Agency for the Development of Women & Children (ADWAC), Alianza por la
Solidaridad (ALIANZA) and United Purpose (UP).
The project’s overall objective was to contribute to socio-economic development and to nurture positive prospects for local populations and returning migrants in The Gambia, namely in Central River, North Bank, Lower River and Upper River regions.
Specific objectives (SO) of the action are:
to boost economic development with a focus on attractive employment and revenue generation in regions prone to migration.
to promote a conducive socio-economic environment for an effective and sustainable reintegration of former migrants and to improve the attractiveness of rural areas.
Results and Activities:
The project led by IMVF is part of the programme BUILDING A FUTURE: MAKE IT IN THE GAMBIA –TEKKI FII–, implemented in The Gambia since 2018.
The Project Led By IMVF
The project allocated to the Portuguese Cooperation, via Camões I.P., was implemented by IMVF in partnership with Agency for the Development of Women & Children (ADWAC), Alianza por la Solidaridad (ALIANZA) and United Purpose (UP)
The Project was developed in close interplay with national and local government authorities, namely Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Youths and Sports, Ministry of Education, among many others.
The project focused mainly in the rural areas of the Gambia, aiming to reach to the most vulnerable
populations and to the youths most exposed to the risks of irregular migration.
The priority geographies for the activities of the agribusiness component were North Bank and Central River Regions, while the activities of the social cohesion component embraced also Lower River Region and Upper River Region.
Beneficiaries agribusiness component
Institutional project participants by region and component
2. Key figures
The project has achieved or surpassed 93% of the foreseen targets. Some key performance indicators are:
Agribusiness component (result 1):
Social cohesion component (result 2):
of women surveyed agreed or strongly agree
The project specifically addressed my needs and interests as a woman
of youth surveyed strongly agreed
The project specifically addressed my needs and interests as a young person
of respondents agreed
Improved awareness of the risks of irregular migration and about how to access local economic opportunities in The Gambia
A story of the Tekki Fii project, improving the lives of young people and giving them hope and inspiration to make it in The Gambia.
Madrassa Migration Awarenes
“Backway is no way, we can make it here!” Tekki Fii campaigns reached out to over 50 madarassas.
The project has successfully contributed to address some of the most pressing challenges of the
country – high poverty rates, high unemployment rates, food insecurity, agricultural system relying
heavily on weather conditions (rain-fed agriculture). These challenges affect mostly the youth and
women and are among the key push factors of irregular migration. The project has also efficiently
addressed some of the biggest challenges in terms of migration prevention and returnees’ sustainable
reintegration – lack of skills to secure employment opportunities, lack of funding to develop
businesses, feeling of social distance with the community.
523 jobs were created thanks to successful IGA support. This indicator includes youths supported with grants, start-up kits, power tillers and tricycles, which are considered employment created or sustained, as well as indirect jobs generated by the supported MSMEs.
Jobs created or sustained
Indirect jobs created
The owner of Marong Agribusiness Enterprise who has increased staff and productivity and dreams of expanding his animal husbandry business.
The combination of an agribusiness and a social cohesion component was very complex but proved to be key to the effectiveness of the project. The project participants were often targeted by different activities which promoted a cross level impact, from the individual to the community and the institutions and promoted systemic change.
1.2 Support to rural agro-enterprise development
The support to rural agro enterprises was based on a threefold approach
Different mechanisms of support to business development were created. Adjusted to youth with
different backgrounds and at different stages of business development, the diversity of mechanisms (also with different amounts involved) ensured an inclusive strategy.
Poultry and small ruminants’ production were the sectors mostly benefiting from business development support.
Enterprises created or supported
91,7% of surveyed project participants reported an income increase due to the support of the project and the average reported increment was 164,4%.
523 jobs were created or sustained
The Tekki Fii Agro Grant beneficiary passionate about creating jobs for the youth in his community.
1.3 Fostering agribusiness at farm level
Agriculture concentrates the highest proportion of Gambia active population. The mission of the project was to promote a market-oriented production based on a value chain approach. A major intervention was done in community vegetable gardens of NBR and CRR, including:
A farmer reports on the impact of the garden tools and inputs distributed by the project as well as of the Farmer Field School supporting women’s gardens.
1.4 Reinforcement and diversification of training offers
For the reinforcement of the employability of Gambian rural youth, skills development opportunities
were made available within the 4 main regions of project intervention. Skills learning was coupled
with entrepreneurship and career guidance sessions as well as migration awareness activities. This
was part of a strategy to ensure that the acquisition of knowledge is complemented with the
development of soft skills.
Training centres were also supported to open or to strengthen their operations.
TVET beneficiaires by sector
2.1 Support local community radios to boost their capacity as key information and mobilisation channels
Radios were supported in terms of equipment (around 45.000€) and infrastructure which, coupled with management and journalism trainings, led to strengthen their role as communication channels
The involvement of community radios has brought together various community actors and fostered intergenerational dialogue about the risks of irregular migration and the economic development opportunities for young people in The Gambia
The usage of various communication and dissemination channels was crucial to achieve a wider audience and radios were key to go beyond youths
Radio Managers provide an overview of the impact of the support provided in their daily operations and mission to reach out to even the most isolated communities.
A2.2 Implement innovation and social cohesion hubs
The establishment or reinforcement of youth led facilities providing meaningful services to the youth
and the overall community was a key dimension of the social cohesion component.
By boosting the youth role on community development and promoting intergenerational recognition one major push factor of migration was address – youth lack of social valorisation.
Over one hundred activities were implemented at the community level, to encourage the discussions on the risks of irregular migration paths of safe migration and opportunities in the country, particularly in the agribusiness and the sports sectors.
The networks of youth friendly places were expanded as endeavoured by the National Development Plan 2018-2021.
A youth representative reports on the importance of having sensitization campaigns about the Tekki Fii opportunities.
2.3 Schools for social cohesion programme
Schools were engaged as a key stage to promote mindset and behavioural change across generations by mobilising the overall school community - students, teachers, families and the schools’ surrounding communities. Activities were based on three thematic areas:
activities included training in agro food processing, visit to companies of the agriculture sector, provision of inputs, tools, fencing and improvement of water infrastructures of schools’ vegetable gardens;
activities included training in sports for development, provision of equipment and improvement of sports facilities, interschool football tournaments;
activities included training of teachers, development and recording of drama plays, video and poetry events, open discussions, among many others. The activities on migration reached both to mainstream schools (25) and madarassas (58).
A teacher shares her experience as a participant of training on migration.
Sports for development:
"We are really happy of this gesture [the delivery of sports equipment and material] because it will also improve teaching and learning in classroom".
Work on schools’ vegetable gardens:
An agricultural science teacher talks about the support provided to school gardens to encourage students into the agribusiness sector and to facilitate the learning of agriculture.
5. CONTINUTY OF THE RESULTS
An agro grant beneficiary explains how the support received led to the expansion of his business and promoted its sustainability.
6. LESSONS LEARNED
7. KEY FINDINGS OF THE FINAL EXTERNAL EVALUATION
The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, contribution to impact, and sustainability and transferability of the Tekki Fii project by examining the strategies and implementation processes; analysing the achievement of the outcomes; and understanding the perceived impact according to the participants and key stakeholders.
Contribution to impact
Sustainability and transferability
• The external evaluation was done by IWORDS Global. The dynamic report and case studies are available here.
Adou Touray, benefited from the Tekki Fii agro grant
"This grant helped me to expand and develop my business. It also allowed me to contribute to the economic development of my country and to improve the quality of life in my community. I was able to employ people from my community and myself, and the dream of having a dignified life in The Gambia came true - the meaning of Tekki Fii."
22 Design e Comunicação design and development (Francisco Lopes, José Alves e Marco Ferreira)