At the beginning of the Community Empowerment Program, communities create Community Management Committees (CMCs) to lead future development initiatives. Tostan trains the CMCs in the project management and social mobilization skills necessary to lead and implement development projects that are relevant to their community needs, long after the community has completed the Tostan program. The CMCs take forward the community’s vision for sustainable development and as community-based organizations, work with partners and others to meet community needs.
CMCs are made up of 17 democratically-selected members and at least nine of the 17 members must be women. Participation in the CMC helps women improve their confidence, leadership, and social standing by assuming prominent roles in their community.
Over 2,300 CMCs have been established in Tostan partner communities across Africa.
CMCs are connected to each other and to other organizations and partners through Tostan’s Empowered Communities Network. The Network helps CMCs access resources and skills needed to continue their community development.