Tostan, Inc.

Dignity for All

Alexandria, VA   |  http://www.tostan.org

Mission

Tostan empowers communities to develop and achieve their vision for the future and inspires large-scale movements leading to dignity for all.

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Elena Bonometti

Main address

1199 N Fairfax St Suite 300

Alexandria, VA 22314 USA

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EIN

98-0118876

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Women's Rights (R24)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Communities in West Africa face many challenges that contribute to high poverty and low literacy and life expectancy: limited access to formal education, high unemployment, limited access to healthcare, lack of awareness about hygiene, rampant harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital cutting, poor waste management, limited access to clean water, desertification, absent governmental procedures such as birth and voter registration, and limited participation in decision-making by women and youth. Tostan provides new information and skills through facilitated dialogue and enables communities to overcome the barriers to development related to social norms such as the beliefs that harm women and girls and prevent them from making decisions related to their own health and education.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Empowerment Program (CEP)

The Community Empowerment Program (CEP) is an integrated, multidimensional development approach that has reached 5 million people so far. To bring about transformational, systemic change that generates outcomes for people at all levels of the community the CEP sets in motion new social dynamics. Separate sessions for adults and youth take place three times a week over three years. Held in the local language, these sessions are guided by a local, trained facilitator who lives in the community.

The first part of the program focuses on visioning, human rights, democracy, problem solving, and organizational skills, and how these topics relate to everyday life. Participants discuss and define their vision for the future of their children and their community, aligning it with their fundamental values reflected in religion and in human rights. Values relating to peace, non-discrimination and participation are made explicit and agreed upon collectively. Building on this foundation, the second part of CEP covers health and nutrition (with particular attention to child health), reproductive health (covering key issues of priority concern for youth), child protection, literacy, and economic empowerment. Inspired by new knowledge and agency, and in the context of their human rights-based vision and reaffirmed shared values, participants reinforce existing positive behaviors. They also identify harmful social practices, finding their own solutions to change them. Newly-adopted behaviors, conducive to improved well-being of children and youth, are reinforced by new social expectations, creating a new equilibrium.

The program has impacts across the five key areas of Governance, Education, Health, Environment and Economic Growth, while other key results of the holistic program include the abandonment of female genital cutting and child/forced marriage, dramatic improvements in maternal and infant health, increased school registration, especially for girls, and the empowerment of women and girls. Participants of the program are encouraged to ‘adopt’ other members of the community in order to share what they have learned, providing an opportunity to include the whole community in discussion.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2010

Skoll Foundation

Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize 2007

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Catalyst 2030 2020

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At Tostan we believe that every human being – woman, man, and child – has the right to human dignity. Our long-term goal is to scale community wellbeing which, as described by communities themselves, is reflected in healthy lives for all, especially women and children.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The participants in Tostan's program are rural community members in West Africa.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Tostan, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kelly Baxter

Cheikh Mbacke

Molly Melching

Tostan

Anne Charlotte Ringquist

Tostan Sweden

Gail Kaneb

Breakthrough Strategies

Jim Greenbaum

The Greenbaum Foundation

Jennifer Hedrick

Eagle Mount

Neil Ford

UNESCO

Kelly Baxter

Tostan Canada

Jan Christiansen

Tostan Denmark

Thiaba Camara SY

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/23/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.