Senegal fast facts
Key cross-sectoral policies:
Plan Senegal Emergent
National Strategy for Sustainable Development
Key thematic and sectoral action areas:
Sustainable use of funds from oil and gas
Trainings held on waste management, green entrepreneurship and green economy modelling
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:
- Plan Senegal Emergent (national development plan)
- National Strategy for Sustainable Development
- National Platform for Green Economy
PAGE 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.
Sustainable management of oil and gas
Developing strategies and mechanisms for sustainable management of oil and gas resources is critical to Senegal’s energy independence and the safeguarding of its population and environment.
In 2018, PAGE presented a study on funds and mechanisms for the management of oil and gas revenues to support sustainable development.
This work has contributed to recommendations for:
- environmental impact assessments and corporate social responsibility;
- the development of a management framework to deal with pollution and man-made disaster risks;
- information, education and training on environmental risks;
- institutional, legal and financial frameworks relevant to the oil and gas sector.
Green Economy Days
In February 2018, PAGE, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the Institute of Environmental Sciences, hosted Senegal’s second Green Economy Days, with participants representing government, civil society, social partners and academia.
The event featured:
- the launch of the PAGE study on funds and mechanisms for the management of oil and gas revenues to support sustainable development;
- the announcement of the National Platform on the Green Economy.
Supporting the National Platform on Green Economy
In 2018, Senegal established a National Platform on Green Economy aimed at stimulating green growth and development.
This multi-stakeholder platform will be a forum for dialogue, information sharing and coordinating action on issues such as green financing, climate change, green jobs, and the sustainable exploitation of the country’s oil and gas resources.
Building national capacity on green economy
In September 2018, PAGE supported a cross-sectoral training session on the integrated Threshold 21 model, a tool used to support green economy policy development by predicting the effects of policy interventions throughout the national economy
In five key sessions over two days, the training highlighted the potential synergies between specific interventions at the national and sectoral level, and their overall contributions to achievement of the SDGs.
PAGE impact in Senegal - 2013-2018
Outcome 1: National policymaking
Senegal’s national development plan, Plan Senegal Emergent, is committed to an inclusive, holistic approach to sustainable development, noting that “meeting basic social needs is a key factor in promoting sustainable human development and the green economy.” This commitment has been the basis of PAGE’s support for cross-cutting impact at the national level, supporting Senegal to transform its economy into a driver of sustainability and social equity.
To support the IGE transition, PAGE brought together a committee — comprising members of Parliament, members of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council and local mayors, supported by a team of researchers recruited through PAGE — to produce a National Strategic Guidance Document on Green Economy, which provides an evidence-based outlook on the opportunities and challenges for IGE. By bringing together green economy champions from all levels of government, the committee also effectively acts as a mechanism for mainstreaming green economy advocacy and policy expertise throughout the governance structure.
Outcome 2: Sectoral reform
With a young active population, Senegal’s leadership is seeking opportunities for new job creation in a green economy. To uncover these opportunities, PAGE helped to formulate a National Strategy on Green Jobs, which has been integrated into the new National Employment Policy.
PAGE has supported the implementation of this plan by the National Programme for the Promotion of Green Jobs, in particular by providing business development support to young entrepreneurs in the areas of waste management and recycling, renewable energy services and resource management.
To support monitoring and implementation, PAGE is also putting into place a mechanism for data collection and statistical analysis of green jobs creation, in collaboration with the National Agency for Statistics and Demography.
Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity
PAGE has supported capacity development on green economy by inviting institutional representatives from Senegal to the Global Academies on Green Economy in 2014 and 2016.
The Academies inspired national actors to later organize a National Academy on Green Economy in 2016. The National Academy resulted in the establishment of a National Platform on Green Economy, which brings together institutional partners from the government, social partners, academia, and civil society organizations. The National Platform has since formulated its own work programme on green economy, looking beyond PAGE, and is poised to be the institutional vehicle to ensure sustainability when PAGE phases out of Senegal.
PAGE has also supported institutional capacity development of waste management and recycling cooperatives. A training of trainers on green entrepreneurship for Burkina Faso and Senegal was also held in 2017.
Outcome 4: Knowledge sharing
PAGE is supporting countries to improve their Inclusive Green Economy knowledge base by generating and sharing knowledge products such as manuals, reports, lessons learned and best practices with the aim to inform and support national policy analysis and formulation.
For knowledge sharing, PAGE organizes high level events, conferences, workshops involving current and future PAGE countries to build networks and global platforms to exchange experiences and information.
SDGs and Paris Agreement Articles
In Senegal, PAGE is contributing towards the achievement of SDGs 4, 8, 9 12, 13 and 17 through harnessing partnerships and green economy learning, promoting green economy and trade, and providing support on modelling.