Policy plan

Community Action Support Association-Gambia

CASA-Gambia-Netherlands

Paving the way for self-driven development

Policy plan 2021

preface

The CASA Gambia foundation in Gambia was founded in November 2015 as a charitable organization and has a TIN number. The CASA Gambia-Netherlands foundation was founded in October 2016 as a charitable organization and has ANBI status.

Both foundations are committed to the development of the Gambian population, especially the underprivileged, and is motivated by the concerns of poverty: low income, low literacy, ill health and environmental degradation.

The foundation in Gambia is tasked with preparing and supervising the implementation of projects identified by the local population as highly desirable and urgent for their development.

The foundation in the Netherlands has the task of supporting the foundation in Gambia with advice and assistance, especially in raising funds.

1. Validity Period.

This policy plan takes effect on 1 July 2021 and is valid until 1 July 2022. The policy plan is renewed annually and put on the agenda for the monthly meeting in April, so that timely adjustments can be made.

2. Vision and Mission

Our vision is that sustainable socio-economic development is best led by the people for whom it is intended. Where these people take the initiative and can demonstrate the necessity and impact of their initiative, we want to enable them to achieve the intended results.

Our mission is to support local initiatives in The Gambia that offer development opportunities to the very poor with our knowledge, experience and access to funds.

During the corona period, together with the Wilde Ganzen Foundation, we have provided the 70 poorest families of the primary school renovated with our help with 1 bag of rice, 1 bag of potatoes, a bag of onions and 5 liters of oil, enough food for 1 month.

3. Ambitions

From mid-2020 we have embraced a new initiative, the rebuilding of the central market hall in the village of Brufut. The current colonial-era market hall is collapsing, unsanitary and dangerous. The year-long neglect has led to lower income for the market vendors. The local women who sell their home-grown fruit and vegetables to support their families suffer greatly from this.

CASA Gambia has conceived the plan to build a new and hygienic market hall in consultation with the Village Development Committee and the market vendors. The hall will be owned by the local population, who will also take care of its maintenance.

A project plan with budget and drawings is ready. The new market hall will be provided with water and toilets. Special attention will be paid to hygiene in the market hall. To this end, the hygiene and health guidelines of the WHO and FAO are implemented. The WHO also has a practical guide with guidelines for a healthy market. These guidelines are included in the management guidelines so that they can also be maintained in the future.

The financing of the new central market hall of Brufut is almost complete. A series of partners from The Gambia and the Netherlands have already pledged €125,000, and €9,000 is still being sought. We are proud that we have again succeeded in raising local funding this time, a sign that this initiative is also seriously recognized and supported locally as an important development.

4. Working method

Following the entry into force of the new Act on Management and Supervision of Legal Entities (WBTR) on 1 July 2021, the foundation will implement a number of clarifications and adjustments to its working method.

The new law aims to build in more transparency and supervision for legal entities, so that abuse and self-enrichment at the expense of the legal entity is prevented. The interests of the legal person are paramount.

The changes can be recorded in a bylaw or policy plan, but, where relevant, ultimately in the statutes. We have until 1 July 2026 for this.

How does our foundation deal with:

Conflicting interests:

If a director has his own interests in making a decision, we agree that, in accordance with WBTR, this director may not participate in the meeting and decision-making in this decision.

Liability:

The law expressly provides that directors are liable if they have not performed their duties properly and they can be seriously blamed for this.

Inhibition and absence

In case of absence and/or absence, the other board members will make decisions, provided that at least 3 directors are present to make this decision. In order to prevent such a situation from occurring in the future, it has been decided to expand the board from 3 to 5 directors.

Multiple voting rights

The WBTR prohibits an arrangement whereby a director may cast more votes than the co-directors together. Our foundation never actually votes, but always works towards consensus. According to the articles of association, each board member has one vote and, where appropriate, a decision will be taken by majority decision.

Fundraising

In the Netherlands, as many organizations, foundations and individuals as possible are approached for our projects with the request to support us. Due to the corona crisis, less has been donated by private individuals in recent times, but we have held packaging campaigns and that has yielded somewhat. On the other hand, we have managed to (almost) get the largest project in our history financed with many parties, so that the village of Brufut can look forward to a nice post-corona impulse.

In The Gambia they have appealed to various groups/organizations to help them realize the projects for their own population, which has led to success.

5. Finance

Annual financial reports of both foundations are published on our website.

6. Organization

Casa-Gambia-Netherlands Foundation

Onderste Puth 18

6155 LS Beekdaelen

Board

Ebrima Jatta, President

Francine Simons-Hendriks, treasurer

Pim de Bokx, secretary

Geri de Lange-Mes, board member (as of June 17, 2021)

Fatou Marrie Touray, board member (as of June 17, 2021)

Volunteers

Nico Hollander

Jaap van Duuren

Jan and Marjan Schins

Patricia Whyte

Co-operation with:

the Wilde Ganzen Foundation

Elisabeth Strouven Fonds

This policy plan was adopted in the board meeting of 17 June 2021.

Ebrima Jatta, chairman Pim de Bokx, secretary