What if Africa paved the way towards global wellbeing? Reflections from the Wellbeing Summit Dakar - Thiès 2023

The Regional Wellbeing Summit, hosted by Tostan from 29th November to 1st December 2023, brought together over 180 participants from across the continent to reflect on the meaning of wellbeing from an African perspective.

Photo: Tostan

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About the authors

Elena Bonometti (Contributor/Contributeur)

  • Chief Executive of Tostan / Directrice générale de Tostan

Tostan is an NGO established in 1991 and headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, which works to empower rural and remote African communities to bring about positive social transformation and sustainable development through a holistic empowering education program. Our human rights-based program has reached more than five million people across eight African countries.


Tostan, ONG créée en 1991 dont le siège est à Dakar (Sénégal), s’efforce de donner aux communautés africaines rurales et éloignées les moyens d’apporter une transformation sociale positive et un développement durable grâce à un programme d’éducation holistique autonomisant. Notre programme basé sur les droits humains a touché plus de cinq millions de personnes dans huit pays africains.

View Tostan's website (EN) / Voir le site de Tostan (FR)

Matar Toure (Contributor/Contributeur)

  • Save the Children International, Senegal Country Office

Save the Children has been present in Senegal since 2002 and in The Gambia since 2004. Today, Save the Children is the world's largest independent children's rights organisation, present in 120 countries. Since its establishment in Senegal, Save the Children has worked in 10 of the country's 14 regions (Dakar, Saint-Louis, Fatick, Kaffrine, Kaolack, Kédougou, Kolda, Sedhiou, Tambacounda and Ziguinchor).


Save the Children est présente au Sénégal depuis 2002 et en Gambie depuis 2004. Aujourd'hui, Save the Children est la plus importante organisation indépendante de défense des droits de l’enfant dans le monde, présente dans 120 pays. Depuis son implantation au Sénégal, Save the Children a eu des interventions dans 10 des 14 régions du Sénégal (Dakar, Saint-Louis, Fatick, Kaffrine, Kaolack, Kédougou, Kolda, Sedhiou, Tambacounda et Ziguinchor).

Visitez le site de Save the Children Senegal (FR)

Magdaline Majuma (Contributor/Contributeur)

  • Msichana Empowerment Kuria

Msichana Empowerment Kuria is a girls and young women-led non-profit community-based organization in Kenya, founded in 2015. Their vision is of "Healthy and Safe Communities for girls". "Msichana" is the Swahili word for girl, based on the principle that every life is precious; every girl deserves a fair start at life to realize her full potential from birth to adulthood.


Msichana Empowerment Kuria est une organisation communautaire à but non lucratif dirigée par des filles et des jeunes femmes au Kenya, fondée en 2015. Sa vision est celle de "communautés saines et sûres pour les filles". "Msichana" est le mot swahili pour fille, basé sur le principe que chaque vie est précieuse ; chaque fille mérite un départ équitable dans la vie pour réaliser son plein potentiel de la naissance à l'âge adulte.

Visit Msichana Empowerment Kuria's website (EN)

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