Friday, September 11, 2009

Tostan's web UI, developped by RapidSMS team

This website allows Tostan and its partners to visualize and keep track of all text messages sent to the system by our test communities. As you can imagine, this is an extremely powerful tool for monitoring and evaluation of the program, that CEGA (the Center of Evaluation for Global Action, UC Berkeley) and Tostan's M&E dept. will use for future impact evaluation and mapping of social networks in Senegal.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Tostan Featured in Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

"'[Tostan has] done what UN conferences, endless resolutions, and government statements have failed to do,' Foege told us. 'When the history of African development is written, it will be clear that a turning point involved the empowerment of women. Tostan has demonstrated that empowerment is contagious, accomplished person by person and spreading village by village.'" (Half the Sky, p. 228)

Tostan's work is praised in a full chapter of Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's new book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The book is both a hard-hitting description of the difficulties women face around the globe, and a call to action, with inspiring stories of how a little help goes a long way in transforming the lives of women and girls abroad.

I read Half the Sky in one sitting, staying up until 3 a.m. to do so. It is brilliant and inspirational, and I want to shout about it from the rooftops and mountains. It vividly illustrates how women have turned despair into prosperity and bravely nurtured hope to cultivate a bright future.
— Greg Mortenson, author, Three Cups of Tea

Blog adapted by Salim Drame