The Ministry of Youth and Sports is charged with the responsibility for development, promotion and regulation of Youth and Sports. As a result, it is responsible for policy evolution, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of youth and sports programmes and projects.The Gambia National Youth and Sports policies[1](The Gambia Youth Policy 2009 – 2018 and the National Sports Policy 2010 – 2019) are the main policy instruments that guide the work of the Ministry. The ultimate goals of the policies is to function as guides for the MOYS and its partners to ensure that investment in youth and sports take place across sectors and in all policies and programmes.


While the Ministry is responsible for policy evolution and overall coordination of the activities of the youth and sports sector, implementation of these policies and its ultimate mandate in youth and sports development is carried out through its satellite institutions (NYC, NSC, NYSS, PIA, Independence Stadium, NEDI and DOPP). The Ministry is headed by the Minister who is supported by the PS and two DPSs(DPS Youth and DPS Sports). While DPS Youth is responsible for the supervision of NYC, NYSS, NEDI and PIA, the DPS Sports is in charge of NSC, and Independence Stadium. The newly established Department of Planning and Programmes (DOPP) is the technical arm of the Ministryand directly under the PS.


Management structures in the Ministry include the Senior Management Team (SMT), which is constituted bythe Minister, Permanent Secretary, two Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Principal Assistant Secretary and Directors/CEOs/General Managers of the satellite institutions. Its functions include among others policy planning, supervision and monitoring, coordination of sector strategy implementation and mobilisation of resources to enable the realisation of its vision and goals.


However, planning, resource mobilisation, coordination of policy and strategy implementation and its monitoring are relatively weak. In order to help remedy these current challenges, the DOPP will be strengthened to enable it effectively deliver the planning function including the coordination of resource mobilisation. The CCM will be established and an M & E framework strengthenedto enable effective coordination, monitoring and reporting of policy and strategy implementation. By so doing, the SMT will now be more effective as it will concentrate on only policy evolution and supervision of the CCM. Figure 5.2.1 provides the new MOYS functional organogram for a more effective implementation of the 2015-2019 strategic plan.


[1]Both the Youths and Sports policies shall come to an end before the life of this strategic plan. Given that the main goal of the strategic plan is to implement the policies, the strategic plan, which should come to an end a year before the youth policy need a midterm evaluation in 2017, at which time the youth policy would have been under review. The sports policy would be due for review by 2018, the same time when this strategic plan would need renewal.


Vision Statement




The Centre for Empowering Youth in National Development and for Excellence in Sports that Generates Value


Mission Statement




To deliver excellence in youth and sports development by ensuring that our youth are guided towards entrepreneurship, employability, leadership and mass participation in sports and exercise for wellbeing


Core Values


  1. Patriotism
  2. Innovativeness and creativity
  3. Professionalism
  4. Teamwork
  5. Inclusiveness
  6. Equity and equality