24 July 2017



Tostan, in support of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), will scale up the Community Empowerment Program, which engages and empowers entire social networks in West Africa with a human rights based education, allowing cultural norms to change. This combination of information and community empowerment leads to results in several key development areas affecting women and girls, including more than 8,000 communities’ commitment to end to female genital cutting and child marriage since 1997. We will work directly with 150 new communities’ interconnected social networks in four countries: The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali, reaching a total of 7,500 direct participants and 200,000 people in their social networks.

Every community will establish a local management committee, led by more than 50% women, and many will become registered Community Based Organizations, creating an often-missing, sustainable element of local-level civil society capable of engaging and coordinating with a range of local and regional actors. Our leading edge community monitoring & evaluations framework, developed in partnership with the Gates Foundation, will offer results in development areas, as well as the change of social norms over the 3 year project timeline, and enhance catalytic learning with other NGO’s and development experts at the Tostan Training Center in Thies, Senegal.

This non-financial commitment is valued at $50,000 from October 1, 2018 till June 30, 2020.