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Alliance for Democracy in Africa  (ADA)

Next ADA Event:

International Conference for African Women's Participation in Politics

Paradise Suites Hotel, Serrekunda, The Gambia

28 November, 2024

from 10 am to 12 pm

Chief Guest of Honour:

Ambassador Fatoumata Jahumpa Ceesay

(other guest speakers to be announced)

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ADA would like to introduce our Spokesperson for the Women's Literacy and Economic Empowerment Programme, Ms Penda Bah. She recently addressed young people who were deported from Europe because they were considered illegal migrants, and is helping them to establish income generating projects to sustain themselves. She has also spoken about the negative impact of FGM on women and girls.


The Launching Ceremony for ADA's Sensitisation Campaign for Gambian Women's Participation in Politics
was held at
Paradise Suites Hotel
Kololi, West Coast Region, The Gambia
on 28th December 2023

The first launching ceremony welcomed several speakers, including Professor Sidat Yaffa and the Honourable Alhagie S. Darboe (see below). They spoke about why it is important for African women to hold important leadership positions on the continent. They gave examples of leaders like the former President of Liberia, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Her Excellency Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi.

Details of more launching ceremonies to follow.


More About ADA

Democracy through Education is the Way Forward for Africa


The Alliance for Democracy in Africa (ADA) aims to promote democracy through education and economic development, and ultimately to build an Africa free from poverty, discrimination and civil wars.

ADA is a nonprofit organisation based in The Gambia. It is not an affiliate of any political party, neither in The Gambia nor in other African countries.

In many African countries, advocates of democracy lack institutions for democratic practice. ADA allies itself with a global network of volunteer experts to provide practical assistance to civic and political leaders, thereby advancing democratic values and practices. The organisation works with those promoting democracy in African countries to build civic organisations and promote citizen participation.

ADA does not impose solutions nor does it advocate that one democratic system can be replicated in another country. Instead, it shares experiences and offers a range of options so that leaders can adapt practices and institutions that work best for their situations. ADA also provides citizens and their elected representatives with resource materials, consultations and training on the practical tools of democracy.

ADA's ongoing activities include the following:

  • Training women in literacy and business skills;

  • Building women's capacity for economic empowerment through income-generating activities, such as sewing, vegetable and fruit gardening, rice cultivation, tie dye and batik, soap making, leather works, and cloth weaving;

  • Training youth in various skills for economic empowerment and leadership, beginning with reading and writing in elementary school;

  • Promoting civil education programmes that focus on democracy and good governance by providing practical assistance to civic and political leaders. advancing democratic values and practices.

Specific Projects:

  • Library for students at Sheikh Mass Kah Senior Secondary School in Kanifing;

  • Soap Making, Tie, Dye and Batik for women in Tallinding;

  • Woodwork, Carpentry and Roofing for young men in Tallinding;

  • Sewing for women in Banjul North;

  • Vegetable Gardening for women in Busumbala, in Dutabulu in the North Bank Region, and in Jarumeh Koto in the Central River Region;

  • Democracy Through Soccer for youths in Burusubi.

ADA helps children like these attain a better life


If you are interested in learning more about ADA or even becoming a member so as to have say in what we do, then please send me a message. Thank you for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you.

Dr Madi Touray, ADA Secretary-General

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