About Mathew K Jallow

A naturalized US citizen exiled from The Gambia, West Africa, Mathew K Jallow is a practicing journalist, writer, political activist, human rights advocate, and expert on African development. Mr Jallow has consulted with U.N experts, development executives and international non-profit managers. He has extensive experience in organizational administration and nonprofit management, and holds undergraduate degrees in Business and Hospitality Management, and a graduate degree in Public Administration. In 2012, Mr Jallow was sentenced to death in absentia, which was commuted to life sentence, for his role in efforts to hold public demonstrations against the military dictatorship. In Wisconsin where he lives, he has worked in state government and nonprofit organizations. Prior to fleeing to the US, Mr Jallow worked in senior executive positions in two of the largest international non-profit organizations; Freedom from Hunger Campaign, Germany, and Action Aid International, UK.

The Gambia: Foot in the mouth, skirting the MoU agreement, and a government in disarr

By Mathew K Jallow Beyond their simple and ordinary definitions, ideas and concepts of government are intellectually profound and mentally challenging for the simple-minded to comprehend. This congenital inability to grasp the most basic theories of government and nuances of governing, belie the leadership crisis that fittingly conferred on Africa its marquee incarnation as the [...]

The Gambia: First 100 days; melodrama, hubris and hand-handed political piety

By Mathew K Jallow The unsurprising avalanche of criticisms and acrimony surrounding the Coalition’s scorecard, isn’t a departure from the norm; it is the new norm. The concept of a 100-days arbitrary deadline is remiss of reality, and ignores the social and political complexities that besmirch all illusions of substantial development achievement, in such short [...]

Dane County Exec Calls For Immigrant Assistance Fund

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 2:45pm By Shamane Mills If County Board Approves, Private Funds Would Supplement Initial 75K From Taxpayers Dane County is proposing a plan to help immigrants find legal assistance and social services. Executive Joe Parisi says his proposal is designed to help people gain citizenship in a part of the state that relies on [...]

Wisconsin Association of Black Men will host Black Men’s Initiative Forum

The Wisconsin Association of Black Men will host a two-day symposium, the 6th Annual Black Men’s Initiative, at Grainger Hall on the UW-Madison campus Feb. 24 and 25. It will delve into issues facing black men with the intention of informing, educating and seeking solutions. “We really want people to walk away with a broad [...]

The myth and paradox of Wisconsin liberalism

By Mathew K Jallow The statistics are striking, but far from shocking. For the decade and a half that I observed race relations in Wisconsin, I have never ceased to be amazed by the falsity with which the state is perceived as a bastion of liberal values. To many outsiders, Wisconsin may appear progressive; a place where [...]

Fitzgerald highlights areas of concern in Walker’s budget plan

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says lawmakers may split with the governor on several areas in his budget, including funding for K-12, tax cuts, the school choice program and self-insurance, among others. Fitzgerald predicted lawmakers will agree to increasing funding for K-12 education in the upcoming biennium. But he wouldn’t commit to the $649 million [...]

The Gambia: basic ideas for structural and institutional reforms

By Mathew K Jallow  Prologue Institutions are the building blocks of the state. The First Republic boasted of a robust institutional framework, albeit, an internally weak one, which lacked accountability and impeded development. The social disquiet that flared up in 1981, and the 1994 military take-over, were byproducts of a system that had grown bloated, [...]