Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Senegal

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, we support organizations working to overcome poverty and oppression. Our small, grassroots grantees are rooted in communities, where they empower local people to identify their most critical concerns and take action to address injustice. We also support groups that organize broader movements for social change, influencing governments and policymakers to respect and promote human rights.

AJWS’s partners in Senegal focus on women’s participation in peacebuilding in Casamance.

Recent Projects in Senegal

Afrique Enjeux (AFEX)
Reduction of Socio-Economic Vulnerability of Women and Peacebuilding

Purpose: To increase women's economic empowerment through literacy classes, a revolving loan program and trainings in innovative agricultural techniques and market gardening; and to promote peace in the border areas of southern Senegal and Guinea Bissau by networking with local allies and holding community-led advocacy campaigns.

Association pour le Développement du Essing/Bayotte (ADEB)
Conflict Transformation Through Community Organizing

Purpose: To contribute to bringing about lasting peace for rural dwellers by establishing community-led peacemaking committees and providing training in non-violent conflict mediation.

Comite Regional de Solidarite des Femmes pour la Paix en Casamance /USOFORAL
Organizational Strengthening and Women's Leadership

Purpose: To enhance the leadership capacities of grassroots communities to engage in peacemaking efforts by supporting their livelihoods needs through organizing women and youth to start small village saving loans groups; and to set up small youth and women's groups to address reintegration of former combattants, foster reconciliation efforts and represent their communities in peacemaking activities in their districts.

Comité d'action pour le Développement de la zone de Palmier (CADP)
Community Peace Dialogues

Purpose: To strengthen peaceful coexistence among 23 conflict-affected villages by organizing ten inter-village meetings with a focus on managing local tensions, building trust and alliances to engage with local warring factions; to organize four workshops on conflict management for community leaders; and to support ten community gatherings for reading the Koran and skill-building in market gardening for women and young people.

Comité d'Appui et de Soutien au Développement Economique et Social en Casamance (CASADES)
Peacebuilding and Women's Leadership

Purpose: To set up two peace committees with key community leaders to mediate local conflicts in the rural villages of Médina El Hadji and Ouassadou; to reduce transborder disputes by mediating tensions between farmers and cattle herders and raising awareness on gun trafficking and free movement of people and goods; and to mobilize women to participate in local peacebuilding efforts through training in leadership and women's rights.

Construire la Paix par le Développement Economique et Social (COPI)
Building Lasting Peace Through Community Organizing

Purpose: To contribute to lasting peace by establishing a space for consultation and dialogue between community members, organizing training in conflict mediation, and providing vocational skills and livelihood opportunities for at-risk youth and women.

Espoir pour l'Enfance
Support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children and People Living with HIV/AIDS

Purpose: To improve and sustain the living conditions of HIV-affected children and people living with HIV and AIDS through medical support, market gardening activities and community mobilization against stigma and discrimination.

Plateforme des Femmes pour la Paix en Casamance (PFPC)
Women's Coalition for Peace in Casamance

Purpose: To mobilize for peace by organizing a retreat to debrief three regional campaigns; to document and present women's propositions for the restart of the peace process by organizing a meeting with civil society in Casamance; and to increase national and international awareness about the conflict by organizing a national peace day in Dakar and ongoing quiet lobbying meetings with the warring factions.

World Education Senegal (WES)
Community Radio in Kolda

Purpose: To enhance civic engagement and participation of rural dwellers in local governance by installing a community radio; airing programs on peace, citizenship and human rights; and providing technical assistance in radio production and management.