Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
(Franklin D. Roosevelt)
Center for Democracy and Development, The Gambia (CDDG) is an independent, nonpartisan civic society organization that:
Is dedicated to galvanizing people who are committed to economic fairness; equal rights for all; civil liberties; environmental protection/sustainability; and ethical, accountable and transparent governance.
Encourages citizen participation in democracy, and fights against corruption in government and big money special interests.
Works to win progressive policy changes for all our people through organizing and grassroots lobbying on issues of civil liberties, civil rights, government reform and counter all forms of hate speech especially by our leaders and their followers.
Takes action to end poverty and promote economic security for all, promote peace and restore our country’s commitment to human rights and good governance.
Seeks elections that promote voter turnout, fair representation, inclusive policy, and meaningful choices through electoral reforms - with emphasis on making sure that our election systems are reliable and publicly verifiable.
Investigates and exposes cases of waste, fraud, and abuse in government and other national institutions and exposes the role of special interest money in politics through research and public education.
Commits not only to extending political democracy but to demanding democratic empowerment in the economy, and in gender relations.
We pledge to resist policies that deprive people of their rights to jobs, homes, quality and affordable healthcare, education, sustainable environment and decent incomes.
"Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free men."
Dwight D. Eisenhower