CRPD Inaugural Annual Lecture

May 24, 2024

Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center

15:00 – 16:00

Welcome and Registration

16:00 – 16:45

OPENING of the Inaugural Lecture         

Welcome, Madam Juka Fatou Jabang, CRPD Board Chair

Statement, Sait Matty Jaw, Co-Founder and Executive Director,CRPD

Statement by Ndey Oley Taal, Dr. Saja Taal Daughter


17:00 – 18:30

The Gambia at a Crossroads: Forging a Republican Future   

KEYNOTE by Dr. Satang Nabaneh

In the wake of significant political shifts, The Gambia stands at a crossroads, navigating the terrain of democratic consolidation while reengaging with the principles of republicanism. This inaugural lecture delves into how democratic values are recognized, restored, consolidated, and preserved through constitutional change and strengthening. How do we build a New Gambia? What must a New Gambia do? What must we avoid to prevent a relapse to our ‘dark’ years?  This keynote will unpack these questions and frame the way forward in shaping the destiny of republican democracy in The Gambia.



Comments by Hassoum Ceesay, Executive Director, National Council for Arts and Culture and Ndey Ngoneh Jeng, Lawyer

Moderator: Njundu Drammeh, Commissioner National Human Rights Commission


Vote of Thanks, Fatoumata Samateh, Communication Officer CRPD



About the Lecture

The Dr. Saja Taal Annual Lecture honors the legacy of the late Distinguished Academic and Thought Leader, Dr. Alieu Badara Saja Taal . The Lecture provides a platform for intellectual discourse and reflection on democracy and development in The Gambia. As an initiative of the Center for Research and Policy Development, the lecture seeks to inspire individuals and communities to actively participate in the future of the Gambia through informed dialogue and civic engagement, ideals championed by Dr. Taal during his lifetime.

The Speakers

The lecture features prominent scholars, researchers, activists, and development practitioners working in areas that revolve around democracy and development in The Gambia. These speakers are invited to share their knowledge and experience, in order to foster an informed and active citizenry.


Dr. Saja Taal

Dr. Alieu Badara Saja Taal was a renown Gambian intellectual and senior lecturer in political science at the University of The Gambia (UTG). He was very instrumental in the establishment of the UTG, contributing to its strategic planning and curriculum development. He helped establish the UTG Students Service-Learning Association (UTGSSLA), a group of young intellectuals interested in enriching their academic lives by engaging in meaningful hand-on service to the community.

He was a student and youth group favorite, and he was usually sought to deliver lectures on various topics of national development. The late Dr Taal mentored many students and youth activist in the Gambia, including the co-founders of CRPD. He passed on April 2, 2014, leaving behind a legacy of commitment to education, public service, and community development.