Senegal is a coastal country in West Africa with a population of approximately 15 million. French is the official language but it is a multi-ethnic country with many other traditional languages. There are significant natural resources such as phosphate mining and a large agricultural sector. However there is also significant inequality and 38% of the population were below the international poverty line according to UN figures, overall the country was ranked 162 in the Human Development Index 2016, which puts it in the ‘low’ rankings.
The Government of Senegal works to 5 year plans, the current plan runs until 2018 and includes 3 key themes: 1) Structural transformation of the economy; 2) Human capital, social protection and sustainable development; and 3) governance, institutions, peace and security. This plan includes a strong alignment to the Sustainable Development Goals and is reviewed on an annual basis.
What can be done to leave no one behind?
In order to work together on shared themes, civil society bodies have come together in the country as a national coalition called: ‘Plateforme des Organisations de la Societe Civile pour le Suivi des Objectifs de Developpement Durable’ known as POSCO-Agenda 2030. This emerged from two meetings hosted by a number of NGOs to understand their key priorities and how they could work together, culminating in a joint workshop in August 2017. It aims to provide a space for coordination and to defend economic and socio-cultural rights, as well as to fight inequality and poverty to ensure that the pledge to ‘leave no one behind’ becomes a reality. The full civil society report for the 2018 Voluntary National Review can be found on this page.