Contribution of ICTs to the Rejection of Female Genital Mutilation in Francophone West Africa

The objective of this project is to make strategic use of information and communication technology (ICT) to speed up the eradication of female genital mutilation (FGM) in francophone West Africa.

The project will establish the degree to which communities have appropriated the struggle against FGM and the potential role of ICT in it. The project will be carried out in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal with groups of young people from communities that practice excision, have access to ICT infrastructure and in which actions against excision have been undertaken. It will sensitize young people, community leaders and the public by way of face-to-face and virtual meetings. Behavioural changes in the young people involved in the project will be documented by means of an evaluation combining Outcome Mapping and a gendered approach.

The results will be disseminated to the communities concerned, including (among others) political decision-makers, institutions engaged in the prevention of FGM, institutions engaged in the promotion of ICT for development, and researchers.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Friday, October 27, 2006

End Date

Thursday, June 11, 2009


30 months

IDRC Officer

Thioune, Ramata Aw

Total funding

CA$ 724,000


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Marie-Hélène Mottin-Sylla


Environmental Development Action in the Third World

Institution Country


Institution Website