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ARLS staff with members of the Radio Guindiku FM management team.
World Education partner ARLS staff with members of the Radio Guindiku FM management team.

An integral component of World Education’s approach is to empower local organizations to lead community development initiatives in partnership with World Education program staff. By building the organizational and technical capacity of local nongovernmental organizations, community-based organizations, and other civil society organizations, World Education strengthens the existing capacity that communities have to address their own development concerns. This approach has several benefits:

  • Program approaches are relevant: program design informed by organizations based in the communities where we work utilize locally appropriate means of community engagement.
  • Program initiatives are sustainable: by building the capacity of organizations that are based in the communities where we work, these organizations become a valuable resource that have the potential to continue the work long after the program has ended.
  • Program interventions are cost effective: by working directly with local organizations we are able to lower our operational costs.

Strengthening the capacity of local organizations begins with a participatory assessment that encourages self-evaluation and allows the development of a road map for building upon an organization's existing strengths and identifying a process to address weaknesses. World Education then works closely with local organizations to provide on-going support throughout program implementation. As part of this process, World Education often supports these organizations to obtain funding from additional sources.

World Education has built an extensive network of local partners in Senegal:

ARLS, Association Rurale de Lutte Contra le SIDA is based in the Thiès region, east of the capital Dakar, and was established in 1992 by Marème Kairé to combat the devastating effects of HIV in the region. ARLS is World Education’s partner on the Women’s Leadership and Civic Journalism program and has worked on past programs such as Saving Women’s Lives.

INFORMORAC, Initiative Nationale de la Formation Mobile en Radios Communautaires, is World Education’s media partner on the Women’s Leadership and Civic Journalism program. World Education works with INFORMORAC to conduct evaluations of community radio and provide training in journalism and management of community radio.

RC/PDC, Reseau des Radios Communautaires Pour la Paix et le Développement en Casamance, based in Ziguinchor, is a network of 12 community radio stations established with the support of World Education in 2008. RC/PDC has been an integral partner in World Education’s peace building initiatives in the Casamance. Recognizing that communication is essential in building peace, World Education’s support has enabled the network to become a strong voice for peace in the region. The network supports the reinforcement of technical and organizational capacity of member stations.

ACSAS, Association Sportive Culturelle et Artistique de Samine, based in Samine, in the Sedhiou region, ACSAS is a World Education partner in peace building initiatives in the Casamance. ACSAS, created in 1991 by the youth of Samine, seeks to build peace and solidarity as well as economic, social, and cultural development.

PELLITAL, the Federation des Producteurs Horticoles du Sofaniama/Djimra, based in Pata, is a World Education partner in peace building initiatives in the Casamance. Founded in 2002, PELLITAL works to promote economic and social development, with a focus on agriculture, an important activity undertaken by many women in this region.

ADD, Association pour le Développement de Diouloulou, based in Diouloulou is a World Education partner in peace building initiatives in the Casamance. ADD, established in 1997, brought together 10 villages to develop community-based strategies to address local development issues.

PKUMEL, Association Pour la Revalorisation de la Culture Mancagne, based in Ziguinchor, is a World Education partner in peace building initiatives in the Casamance. PKUMEL, established in 1993, seeks to address development challenges facing the rural zone of Goudomp in the Casamance region of Senegal.

COPIT, Comité de Pilotage Fogny, based in the Sindian region is a World Education partner in peace building initiatives in the Casamance. COPIT, created in 2005, supports peace and development in the Casamance.

KAMBENG KAFO, based in Bounkiling, is a World Education partner in peace building initiatives in the Casamance. Kambeng Kafo brings together nine villages surrounding a highly frequented market area to address local development issues.

KDES, Kalounayes Pour le Développement Economoque et Social, based in the Bignona region, is a World Education partner in peace building initiatives in the Casamance. KDES, established in 2002, seeks to reinforce solidarity between its members, promote economic and social development in the region, and protect the environment and natural resources.

AJAC, l’Association des Jeunes Agriculteurs de Casamance, based in Ziguinchor, is a World Education partner in peace building initiatives in the Casamance. AJAC, created in 1985, seeks to improve the conditions for economic and political development of the Casamance. AJAC’s work is based of the expressed needs of their population, providing assistance to individuals and communities to enable them to work together for progress.

AJAEDO, l’Association des Jeunes Agriculteurs et Eleveurs du Département de Oussouye, located in the Oussouye department, is a World Education partner in peace building initiatives in the Casamance. AJAEDO, created in 1983 by young farmers, seeks to build the capacity of youth to work for durable change in the Casamance.

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