In April, 2015, after a long and hard fought campaign in which volunteers knocked on almost 4 thousand doors during a brutal Wisconsin winter, a Madison resident, of Gambian descent called Samba Baldeh was elected to the Madison Common Council. After the votes were tallied, Mr. Baldeh outpolled his rival, a long term incumbent by 32 votes to become Alderman for District 17 in the far north/east side of the city. He became the first African to ever do so in the history of the city.
The Madison-Kanifing Sister-City Committee will work to build, develop, and sustain strong global relations, deeper understanding, partnerships, and exchanges; thereby, culturally enriching the lives of citizens in both cities and empowering individuals and communities to conduct short and long term projects and initiatives for the mutual benefit of all.
Madison-Kanifing Sister-City Committee will serve as a community resource for cultural exchange between Madison Wisconsin and Kanifing Gambia. The collaboration will foster mutual learning, respect, and humanitarian support while highlighting the rich cultures, strengths and lived experiences of citizens in both cities.
The Committee will initiate projects to promote business development, support small businesses, promote housing development, and address other key issues fostering economic growth in targeted communities. Our focus is on carrying out or supporting community-driven economic development projects to enhance the quality of life