Resilience Beyond COVID-19

Strengthening Local Leadership for a Sustainable Future

Brochures on COVID-19

Informational Booklets available in 12 languages

Walk On My Own

Walk on My Own is Ndeye Fatou Fall’s story of her community’s social transformation and what it means for her generation. Gather friends and watch it today!

Empowering Communities

to lead their own development

Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than five million people across eight African countries.

Women’s Empowerment

women have been selected into leadership positions in their communities, with many running for public office


people live in communities that publicly declared their intention to end female genital cutting

Child Marriage

communities have publicly declared that their daughters will not marry before the age of 18

The Tostan Model

Our three-year, non-formal education program puts rural communities in charge of their own futures. We support our partner communities to define and fulfill their own vision for wellbeing, allowing them to create positive and lasting social transformation. Our approach is:



Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities forms the foundation for learning



Information is shared in a non-judgmental and participatory way, using local languages



The program has impact across multiple issues, with sustainability at its core

Ndéye Fatou’s Story: Walk On My Own

In Walk On My Own, 13-year-old Ndeye Fatou Fall tells the story of her community in Senegal and the social transformation they have sparked to end harmful practices and ensure education, self-determination and wellbeing for girls and women.

News and Stories

Resilience beyond COVID19

Resilience beyond COVID19

  In this rare moment of a shared global experience, questions about how to create an equitable and just future loom large. The coronavirus pandemic and associated disruptions have highlighted the vital importance of empowered communities and local leadership....

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System Change 3rd Webinar

System Change 3rd Webinar

Scaling Systems Change  Local Leadership for Global Transformation Tuesday, September 29 8AM PTD / 11 AM ETD / 3 PM GMT   Tostan CEO Elena Bonometti hosts an interactive conversation with Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr Obe of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Her 3-year...

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[WEBINAR] Meet the recognized ecosystem weaver, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr Mayor of Freetown, panelist of the #webinar Tostan is hosting on 09/29 on Local Leadership that leads to Global Transformation 🌍

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE was sworn in as Mayor of #Freetown in May 2018 with a commitment to #TransformFreetown using an inclusive, data-driven approach to address challenges in the city. A finance professional with over 25 years of private sector experience Mayor Aki-Sawyerr’s public sector engagement began with her work as the Director of Planning at the National Ebola Response Centre during the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2015.

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[WEBINAR] Join us on September 22 & 23 at the World Humanitarian Forum with Elena Bonometti, #Tostan CEO!

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