Canadian development assistance in Senegal

Senegal is one of the world’s poorest countries. In 2016 it ranked 162nd out of 188 countries on the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index. Wealth distribution in the country is very unequal, with a higher poverty rate in rural areas.

In 2015 Senegal currently has approximately 15.13 million inhabitants (2015). The population is young with an estimated 62% of Senegalese under the age of 25. The country has low productivity and very high levels of unemployment and underemployment, especially among youth.

Not everyone has access to basic education, and illiteracy is widespread, especially among women and girls. Environmental degradation is hindering development in some regions, where food security is threatened by such things as:

Drought in the Sahel is exposing Senegal to recurring food and nutrition crises.

Senegal has considerable socio-economic potential despite the existence of challenges that slow down its development. On the economic front, after a cycle of weak growth over the period 2006-2013, the last three years have been marked by interesting progress with growth rates above 4.5%. Senegal is now the second largest economy in French-speaking Africa after Côte d'Ivoire. According to the latest data (IMF, April 2017), GDP growth was more than 6% in 2016, a first in twelve years. Senegal aspires to become an emerging country by 2035.

Senegal plays a leading role on the African continent. It is an example of democracy and political stability in West Africa. The transition to power following the March 2012 presidential elections and the July 2012 parliamentary elections demonstrates the maturity of Senegal's democratic tradition. The next presidential election is due to take place in 2019.

In its new strategy for economic growth and poverty reduction, the "Senegal Emerging Plan" (PES), launched in 2012, Senegal has defined its development priorities according to the following three main axes:

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Canada is a long-standing partner of Senegal with investments in development assistance of more than $ 1.3 billion since 1962. Our activities in the country aim to reduce poverty and promote inclusive economic growth and development that will benefit all Senegalese and particularly Sengalese women. This objective is consistent with the Emerging Senegal Plan. To do this, Canada is focusing support on targeted actions in three areas:

Delivering help and achieving results

Canada supports the Government of Senegal so that girls and boys have access to quality education and vocational training. Canada is also working in partnership with the Senegalese government and with multilateral and Canadian organizations to enhance the protection of those who are marginalized by the education system to create a school environment that is safe and respectful of their rights, including girls’ rights. The main expected rights are:

Canada's Senegal Development Program also seeks to increase food security by promoting sustainable agricultural development and improving nutrition and health for mothers and children. Canada, with the support of its partners, aims to strengthen the capacity of farmers, especially women, to acquire better inputs, new technologies to increase productivity, Climate-friendly agriculture. The main expected results are:

Finally, in the area of ​​governance, Canada is supporting Senegal in the implementation of the Emerging Senegal Plan to engage the country in a strong, inclusive and job-creating growth dynamic. In order to stimulate sustainable economic growth in Canada, Canada supports the implementation of reforms to improve public financial management and create an enabling environment for investment in key sectors of the Senegalese economy. The main expected results are:

Ensuring aid effectiveness

Senegal adheres to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action. Under the leadership of Senegal’s government, donor harmonization and coordination is improving from year to year, prompting the government to take more and more responsibility for development, and leading to increasingly effective donor cooperation.

Donor coordination

In Senegal, Canada is showing leadership in coordination and consultation with other donors, governments and partners. For example, since February 2017, Canada has assumed the co-chairmanship of the G50. This is the main coordination group of technical and financial partners in Senegal, and the leading role of the Technical and Financial Partners in Vocational and Technical Training.

Canada also chairs the G7 group supporting the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. Finally, Canada is the donor coordinator of the "Scaling-up Nutrition" movement in Senegal, and it is the largest bilateral donor in education, giving it the opportunity to further contribute to improving Organization and harmonization of aid in this important sector.



Education, vocational and technical training

Agricultural development, female entrepreneurship and innovation in rural areas

Economic governance and public financial management

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