ICRT-WA training courses are tailored to those aiming to use tourism as a catalyst for the economic empowerment and development of communities. Therefore it will be found relevant by any workers who see tourism as one of the means to reduce poverty. The involvement of different stakeholders in the tourism industry, from government and national tourist offices, to communities, NGOs and charities is welcomed. Courses is are open to people from The Gambia, West Africa, and further afield. ICRT-WA also wishes to involve international participants from foreign agencies and developed countries who are interested in tourism as a vehicle for responsible social and economic development.
The GIG (Gambia Is Good) project, is a unique and highly successful example of Voluntary, Public and Business Sector engagement. With original support from the DFID's Business Linkage Challenge Fund, Concern Universal and Haygrove, a leading UK horticultural business, are collaborating to create a sustainable, pro-poor marketing initiative in The Gambia that serves the interests of both local people and consumers. Now in its fourth year, GIG is also supported and funded by The Travel Foundation, to increase its impact by way of promoting responsible practices in the tourism industry.
Juffureh is a long standing day excursion destination that had attracted many of the negative impacts of tourism and was failing in its potential to contribute to local economic development. With the support of the Travel Foundation (and a massive personal imput from Adama Bah), Juffureh has made significant progress in identifying a way forward. This will be an ongoing dynamic process providing plenty of material and issues for consideration by course participants.
The Siffoe Kafo Farms is a community-run initiative that demonstrates how far local people have changed perceptions of themselves and their potential to reverse their fortunes. Launched in the 1990s to improve the livelihoods of its Kafo members, the Siffoe Kafo Farms hones skills in income generation with the simple aim of alleviating poverty and protecting and sustaining the environment.
ASSET (Association of Small Scale Enterprise in Tourism)
ASSET's aim is to assist and support small-scale enterprises in tourism to trade fairly and pursue sustainable development goals, which contribute to the conservation of the physical environment and the social and economic welfare of Gambian communities. Among ASSET’s catalogue of international accolades is the First Choice Responsible Tourism Award of 2005.
PRSP (Paper Recycling Skills Project )
The aim behind the charity was to introduce the traditional skill of papermaking to the country in order to assist a number of students with their supply of paper and books for school use. As the idea becomes better known and understood, the PRSP project will make more inroads once educational institutions recognize its value as a complementary aspect of Gambia’s educational development programme.
West Africa Travel Fair - MBOKA
In 2008, the first tourism B2B-event called the MBOKA 2008 West African Travel Market took place in Banjul, The Gambia. A year later the same version of the fair was held in Dakar, Senegal . MBOKA is a collaborative strategy between the tourism sectors of both countries to complement each other with a view to developing a niche market for their products. MBOKA has an expansionist programme across West Africa .
Sandele Eco-Retreat and Learning Centre
Sandele Eco Retreat and Learning Centre is The Gambia’s best example of a tourism public/private sector Responsible Tourism development. Sandele Eco-Retreat is benefiting local people by the transfer of ecological building skills, training in the tourism industry and by maximising local purchasing and the manufacture of furniture and other goods while at the same time offering an up-market tourist experience. The Pathways Foundation – a charitable organisation - has been formed at Sandele to run a wide range of on-site courses that promote Responsible Tourism, sustainability and ethical standards.