About us

ADWAC was set up in September 1996 by Gambians following the closure of Save the Children –USA, an international organization that operated in the NBD for 14 years. ADWAC is a registered non-sectarian, non-partisan development organization that pursues a programme of integrated rural development to bring about sustainable improvement in rural living conditions, with particular emphasis being placed upon the wellbeing of women and children. ADWAC currently employs over 35 staffs and works in five of the six regions of the Gambia namely: North Bank Region, Central River Region (North & South),Upper River Region –North, Lower River Region and the West Coast Region but has its headquarters in Kerewan the regional capital of the North Bank Region. It has a strong network of field based staffs posted at strategic locations across its coverage areas with responsibility for coordination, supervision, monitoring and reporting on all ADWAC’s activities in given areas as well as serve as the link between ADWAC and beneficiary communities


 To contribute to sustainable improvements in the lives and livelihoods of the poor, especially women and children in the Gambia


 To contribute to sustainable improvements in the lives and livelihoods of the poor, especially women and children in the Gambia

Development Philosophy

  • Giving local people the opportunity to identify their own needs and to play an active role in addressing them through a holistic development programme in a way that is culturally sensitive and community-centred.
  • Working with people who share the same /common/ identical problems through integrated development programmes
  • It is an approach that gives all communities equal opportunity and access to a wide range of development choice visa a- vie health, education, agriculture, economic empowerment/production/ etc…
  • Communities living in the same locality that share similar problems, plan and implement development activities together for positive social and economic change.
  • Integrated strategy designed to encourage people to participate in their own development activities to bring about sustainable improvement in their lives.
  • The approach adopted gels into a mutual partnership with communities that bring about well informed, transparent, accountable and empowered Communities which are capable of:
  • Initiating, articulating and controlling their development process
  • Analysing their development context and taking appropriate actions to address challenges affecting them
  • Effectively engaging with various stakeholders and duty bearers in influencing the decision-making and policy formulation process in favour of the poor and vulnerable groups

Strategic Objectives

  • Promote sustainable agriculture and control over natural resources to improve lives and livelihoods of poor and vulnerable rural women
  • Promote efforts to reduce the impact of environmental degradation and climate change impact on rural farmers
  • To improve quality public education for all children and enhance youth participation, employment and leadership role
  • Break the cycle of poverty by enhancing women’s access to alternative economic opportunities


  • Improve access to water, sanitation, healthcare information and services for women and girls to take charge of their sexual and reproductive health and prevent HIV/AIDS, malaria infections and hygiene
  • Facilitate the empowerment and prevention of gender based violence and discrimination of women by enhancing their capacities to take control of their own development needs and responsibilities

Who We Are

ADWAC works within a multi sectoral framework called the eco-zone approach . Each component part within this multi sectoral framework compliments the efforts of other components. Within this framework, a cross sectoral linkage is forged between the various programme activities to compliment and consolidate each other which together ‘gel’ into a holistic approach to improving the quality of life of women and children.  ADWAC’s development activities focus on the following broad program areas

Our approach

Our Mission
Our mission is to make sure all young people and children get all the support they need, when they need it, no matter what it is.
Whether it is a reassuring conversation, financial help, education, professional training, or simply the assurance that they are not alone, we will make sure that everyone gets support that meets them where they’re at as quickly as possible.
Our Vision
We want to build a world where no child or youth feels alone and gets every possible help they need as soon as possible.
Our entire team wants to see a world where every youngster struggling in any way feels able to reach out and has people who’ll help them with education, jobs, and more. We want to spread out in every region so we’ll be reachable to all.
Our Partners

Our numbers that speak

We have numbers that push us to give in our best and make sure that we break our own records. We are happy to be growing and helping more day by day.
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