Year of participation: 2015
Age: 27
Occupation: Legal Advisor
Local Government: Mansa Konko Local Area Council
Country: The Gambia
Talent programme: Citizen Participation and Inclusive Government
Internship municipality: Municipality of Drechterland

My work for Mansa Konko
As Legal Advisor to the Council I am charged with advising the Council on all legal and compliance issues in a bid to ensure that it governing its operations especially the local Government Act and the Anti Corruption Act. With the passing of the new Anti Corruption Act, I am the focal person for the implementation of the Council’s transparency and Accountability program.

Experience in the Netherlands
The study visits during the training course were really interesting . We got the chance to see in real life how the excellent lectures and lessons we learned at the Academy are applied in real life situations. The Internship was very intensive and I had the chance in a short period to see in detail how the various parts of the councils function. ”

The Internship municipality had made very good arrangements to ensure my maximum comfort. There was always somebody on hand to guide me  and show me around. The visits with the police around the communities which gave me a great insight into the trust between the authorities and the community. I was also able to visit lots of smaller communites which had their own community inititatives. I was also able to visit a municipality information center which is an online database system that ties in greatly with my back home action plan. All in all it was a pretty well organised internship.

Back-Home-Action Plan
I have stuck with my original plan of launching a Budget Monitoring and Tracking System. This is an innovative tool which helps common citizens track in real time how the community funds are allocated and spent.

The difference now, after the talent programme,  is that we are going back to the drawing board and we will consult the people and the communities in the design and implementation of this project.

We all agree that this project will be a great contribution to the community in boosting transparency which will have a ripple effect of boosting development in the community.