Results around the world – Senegal

Senegal has gained a reputation for its vibrant democracy, the result of decades of peaceful political transitions marked by freedom of the press, progress on gender equality, and freedom of association. In 2012, the government proposed an ambitious strategy, the Plan Sénégal Emergent [emerging Senegal plan], which seeks to accelerate Senegal’s journey toward emerging market economy status by 2035. In short, the country is making progress thanks to major reforms.

Despite recent gains, however, Senegal still ranks only 162nd out of 188 countries on the United Nations Development Programme’s 2016 Human Development Index.

Although there has been a substantial increase in agricultural production, Senegal is struggling with the effects of climate change, which are threatening the productivity of its agricultural sector.

The low quality of education leads to high failure and dropout rates, especially among girls. The large proportion of youth in the population poses a challenge for education and training and is putting pressure on the labour market.

Notable progress has been made on women’s and girls’ rights, whether in terms of the legal and institutional framework or the many policies and activities designed to promote and protect women’s rights. However, significant socio-cultural and legal constraints continue to impede the full realization of these rights. Practices harmful to the health of women and girls persist and continue to undermine the rights of women and girls. These practices include early marriage and pregnancy, as well as limited access to sexual and reproductive health services.

To address these challenges, Canada directs its assistance to sectors that meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, in accordance with the vision set out in the Plan Sénégal Émergent. Canada is focusing its assistance on the following areas:

Key results

In 2017-18:

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