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Senegal

GIZ has been represented in Senegal since 1977, and opened its own office in 1989 in the capital city Dakar. Currently 81 national and 8 international employees are working in the country (as of 31.12.2017).

Senegal’s economy is undergoing a transition. While most people in Senegal still earn a living from agriculture and fishing, the services sector – particularly the finance sector and telecommunications and IT – is becoming significantly more important. Addressing the disparity in development between the capital, Dakar, and the rural regions remains a challenge, as does the creation of adequate and viable career options for the younger generation; around half the population is under the age of 19.

Senegal lies on the edge of the Sahel and is therefore affected by climate change. The country’s climate adaptability will be a crucial factor in determining its future. Many of its neighbours are considered fragile states, and Senegal plays a key role in the region as a stabilising partner. With its national development strategy, Senegal aims to become an emerging economy. To achieve this goal, the structural conditions required at the economic and political level must be in place by 2035.

In keeping with the national development strategy, GIZ, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supports Senegal in the priority area of renewable energies and energy efficiency. The aim is to help the country meet its energy needs in a climate-friendly, safe and cost-efficient manner. The Being Successful in Senegal project, which focuses on renewable energies, is also helping to boost future prospects and job opportunities for young people. Senegal’s universities and colleges are being supported in enhancing job options for their graduates in the area of renewable energies by making their curricula and courses more practice-oriented. Together with the national agency for the promotion of youth employment (Agence Nationale pour la Promotion de l’Emploi des Jeunes/ANPEJ), the project runs a Senegalese-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration that advises local people and returnees on obtaining employment and starting a business. GIZ also supports Senegal in adapting to climate change and, together with the African Union, in managing its borders with neighbouring countries the Gambia, Guinea and Mali.

GIZ also advises selected line ministries and the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Planning on anchoring a results-based approach and performance measurement systems in the public budget, which is another requirement for reaching the ambitious national development goals.