By Mass Njie
The executive board and staff of the Gambia Press Union on Saturday, 20th June 2020, ended a two-day training on Fundraising. The training was designed to enhance the capacity of GPU in resource mobilization in order to implement its activities for the members
The 15-participant training at TANGO Conference Hall observed social distancing in the sitting arrangement, and in addition, face masks and sanitisers were provided.
The event was organised and funded as part of the Civil Society Fund of Denmark-funded project that the Union is co-implementing together with its Danish counterparts, Gambia Media Support (GAMES).
Buba Fatty, Accountant for the Union, said he considered the training as one of the most important trainings organised by the GPU for it will equip staff on fundraising.
“It is very important for bringing the board and staff to be trained on how to raise resources particularly the board, because the board is charged with the responsibility of mobilizing resources of the union,” he said.
Mustapha Mbye, board member, in his closing remarks stated that membership contributions are not enough to sustain the Union coupled with the increase in membership, the only option is donor funding. He thanked the GPU for the wonderful initiative and hard work.
The objective of the project is to strengthen the Gambian media, including strengthening the institutional capacity of GPU, to play its ideal role in the country’s fragile democratic development and the transitional justice process.