Problem DescriptionTostan’s mission is to empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. Tostan means “breakthrough” in the Wolof language of West Africa. Since 1991, Tostan has brought its three-year Community Empowerment Program (CEP) to thousands of communities in ten African countries: Burkina Faso, Djibouti, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Somalia, and Sudan. CEP empowers communities to change their own lives by teaching them about human rights and dignity in a way that is respectful, inclusive, holistic, and sustainable. Participants help to spread the knowledge they gain through their social networks. In this way, that knowledge becomes the catalyst for positive change on a community, regional, and national level.
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|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Developing and implementing5||Strong leadership, management, implementation skills|
|A robust and detailed case developed through formal evaluation and evidence gathering – use of a control group to isolate impact||An implemented and sustainable innovation|