Senegal continues to experience low rates of economic growth and high poverty levels. This low GDP growth can be linked to several factors including, but not limited to, insufficient level of productivity, inadequate economic infrastructure, the vulnerability of agriculture and tourism to climatic shocks, the weak structure of agro-pastoral value chains, and governance issues. PAGE's intervention in Senegal is geared towards supporting its transition towards a green economy, outlined in the country's national development plan.
Progress in 2016
Senegal has demonstrated leadership in transitioning to an inclusive green economy to meet emerging and persisting development challenges. PAGE supports the Senegalese government’s vision for transforming into a green economy specifically through supporting the country's:
Senegal does this by:
Providing evidence-based advice on green economy transition and economic growth
Catalyzing progress towards the green jobs strategy through partnerships and sectoral programmes
Developing the skills and institutional capacity to deliver social protection and sustainable development
Building capacity for a green economy transition
PAGE hosted a Green Economy Academy in Dakar in May 2016. The Academy provided space for representatives from the government, the private sector, think-tanks and academic institutions to exchange ideas about current green economy activities and projects underway in the country.
The event addressed critical areas of public policy for inclusive green growth, private sector development, social protection, green industrialization and employment creation, as well as the knowledge and research gaps that obstruct green entrepreneurship.
Major outcomes of the Academy were:
- Establishing a national platform for green economy learning
- Agreeing to work collaboratively to formulate a national strategy on green economy
Pin-pointing green economy opportunities and challenges
PAGE conducts research, analysis and capacity building to determine the opportunities and challenges of embracing a green economy transition in Senegal. In 2016, PAGE built on this analysis through:
- Supporting a Green Economy Week that addressed key policy areas for green growth in line with the national development plan
- Developing a position paper for strategic guidance document that was developed with PAGE support in 2015
Supporting government priorities
PAGE is assisting in the development of technical standards on sustainable construction materials, and is supporting national programmes on energy efficiency and waste management.
Identifying opportunities for green jobs
PAGE supported the development of the National Strategy for Green Jobs Promotion and is now facilitating its implementation by catalyzing government green economy programmes to stimulate green employment.
In 2016, PAGE partnered with the Ministries of Labour, Environment and Education, private sector companies, and institutions for technical training to complete a feasibility study for establishing a green economy incubator to stimulate green entrepreneurship and private sector development.
How does PAGE's work in Senegal meet its objectives?