Long-Term Evaluation of the Tostan Programme in Senegal: Kolda, Thiès and Fatick regions

January 1, 2008

The report presents the results of an evaluation conducted to assess the long-term impact of Tostan programme. Tostan is a non-governmental organization set up in Senegal in 1991 to encourage social change based on capacity-building at the community level.

The main objective of the evaluation was to assess the impact of the Tostan programme on the prevalence rate of female genital cutting among girls, their age at first marriage, and improvements to the health status of mothers and children. In its qualitative component, the evaluation aimed to examine Tostan’s establishment process in the villages, to understand how villages organized their participation in the public declarations, and to learn women’s opinions about the impact of the programme.