3 – Organisation and operation

The operation of the John Paul II Foundation is based on the co-management and co-responsibility of the Bishops from the 9 countries of Sahel: the Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and the Chad.

It is governed by statutes approved by the Holy Father. These statutes provide a:

  • Board of Directors,
  • Project Board,
  • General Secretary.

Diocesan follow-up cells (DFC)

The John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel Board of Directors acknowledges the diocesan follow-up cells as privileged partners of the John Paul II Foundation for the framing and the guidance of promoters, in close cooperation with the General Secretary.

The main tasks of these diocesan follow-up cells can be summed up as follow:

    • To inform and raise public awareness about :
      – The John Paul II Foundation’s objectives ;
      – Its means of intervention (projects submission, type of eligible projects, outlines of the elaboration of projects, documents to be provided, final date to send projects to the Secretary) ;


    • To distribute promotional documents


    • To accommodate promoters and advisors during the elaboration of their project’s documents.


    • To analyse projects (feasibility, budget, credibility of the promoter, relevance and sustainability of the project within the diocesan frame…)


  • To select projects upon an eligibility criteria basis in effect at the John Paul II Foundation, to fill in the accompanying document and to issue a technical recommendation to help the Bishop or the Local Ordinary to take a reasoned decision.

In addition to create reports by project, the diocesan follow-up cells must provide a general report of their promoters’ follow-up activities. These reports must provide clear indications about the management of projects and their effects on beneficiaries and their immediate environment, the promoters’ follow-up activity, status of refunds and the impact of projects.


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