The core work of the Solo Sandeng Foundation is focused on advancing its mission to promote democracy, human rights, and social justice in The Gambia and beyond.
S.S.F works to advance democracy, human rights, and social justice in The Gambia through advocacy, education, awareness raising, capacity building, Memorialization, legal support and documentation, research and analysis:
Advocacy dialogue and Campaigns:
The Foundation advocates for the protection of human rights, promotion of democratic institutions and the promotion of social justice through campaigns and advocacy efforts. This includes engaging with policymakers, institutions, analysing and mobilizing public support for policy formulation and changes.
Solo Sandeng was a true hero who dedicated his life to advocating for the rights of the people of The Gambia. His legacy lives on through the work of the Foundation.
Security Sector Reforms: As an activist and politician, Sandeng believed that the people of The Gambia deserved to live in a society that was free from fear and oppression. He recognized that security reforms were necessary to achieve this goal, and he worked tirelessly to make his vision a reality.
The Solo Sandeng Foundation has continued Sandeng's work, focusing on three key areas: advocating for human rights, promoting democracy, and promoting peace and security. Through these efforts, the Foundation is making a real difference in the lives of people in The Gambia and beyond.
One of the Foundation's most significant achievements has been its work on security sector reform. The security forces in The Gambia have a long history of human rights abuses, including torture, extrajudicial killings, and arbitrary detention. The Solo Sandeng Foundation recognized that reform was necessary to ensure that these abuses were brought to an end and that the security forces were held accountable for their actions.
To achieve this goal, the Foundation has worked to raise awareness about the need for security sector reform and to mobilize public support for change. We have organized workshops and training programs to educate the public about their rights and the role of security forces in a democratic society.
The Foundation has also engaged with policymakers and government officials to push for reforms, advocating for changes to the legal framework governing the security forces, including the adoption of new laws and regulations to ensure that human rights are respected and protected.
Thanks to the Foundation's efforts, there have been some significant improvements in the security sector in The Gambia. The government has taken steps to reform the security forces, including establishing an independent oversight body to investigate complaints of human rights abuses. The Foundation's advocacy has played a critical role in these developments, and we continue to push for further reforms.
The Solo Sandeng Foundation's work on security sector reform is an inspiring example of the power of activism to bring about positive change. It shows that, with dedication and persistence, even the most entrenched and oppressive institutions can be reformed.
Sandeng's legacy lives on through the work of the Foundation, which is carrying on his fight for justice and human rights. His vision of a free and democratic society, where all people are treated with dignity and respect, remains an inspiration to activists and human rights defenders around the world.
The Solo Sandeng Foundation's work on security sector reform is also a testament to the power of individuals to make a difference in the world. As we continue to fight for justice and human rights, we can draw inspiration from Sandeng's example and his unwavering commitment to the cause of freedom and democracy.
Education and Awareness: The Foundation conducts workshops, seminars, and other educational programs to engender citizen participation in the political process and holding their leaders accountable. This includes human rights education, memorialization and awareness raising on democratic processes.
Capacity Building: We provide capacity enhancement support to young people, victims of human rights violation, human rights defenders, and other stakeholders in training, mentorship and skills training to enhance effectiveness in democracy, human rights, and social justice issues.
Legal Support and Documentation: The Foundation provides legal support and documentation to victims of human rights abuses and other violations of democratic principles especially victims of political repression. This includes supporting victims with legal representation, documenting human rights abuses, and building cases for accountability.
Research and policy Analysis: We also conduct research and analysis for evidence based advocacy and to hold perpetrators of human rights abuses accountable for their actions. This includes documenting human rights abuses, analyzing policy trends, and producing reports and policy briefs to inform stakeholders across the board.