Wolimata Thiaw

Ashoka Fellow
Popenguine, Senegal
Fellow Since 2012
Regroupement des Femmes de Popenguine pour la Protection de la Nature

Citation

This profile was prepared when Wolimata Thiaw was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
Introduction
Wolimata Thiaw has launched a volunteer women’s movement to firmly place the responsibility, ownership, and benefit of protecting the environment in the hands of local communities. By not separating the environment from other community needs—indeed by doing the very opposite, by showing how caring for the environment can help bring about highly desired, broader community development, Wolimata is able to bring about the long term behavior change that has long eluded government environmental agencies.
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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