This section captures information about the general feelings of respondents towards the Covid-19 pandemic. Questions of anxiety, fear, concerns and, ultimately, optimism are explored to get a sense of the whether people are responding positively or negatively to the situation, and their outlook for the future.
The Food Aid Data Platform explores data surrounding the overall landscape of the food aid relief package presented by the Government of the Gambia to its citizens during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It also features investigative reports on the acquisition of the provisions within the said food aid relief package, which shed light on the underhanded activities and dealings that took place during the procurement process, and the response of the officials in charge to such reports.
The Pandemic Heist Opportunity, a series of reports surrounding the procurement and distribution of the food aid, chronicles happenings during the process.
“Covid-19 Food Aid: The Pandemic Heist” is a project of Gambia Participates that started in April 2021 to investigate the credibility of the government’s covid-19 food aid procurement and distribution.
Following the virement of D700m from the 2020 budget by the Minister of Finance to establish the Covid-19 Food Aid without Parliamentary approval, Sidia Jatta, a Gambian veteran Parliamentarian declared the process as an act of “fraud”. But the fraud surrounding the disbursement of the funds, is perhaps the country’s biggest financial crime committed during a medical crisis.
In this series of reports, Gambia Participates supported local investigative journalists that has revealed a significant sum of the COVID-19 food aid expenditure was unjustified, including cases of missing contracts amounting to over D60M of the D1.7B earmarked health and economic component of the covid intervention.