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Senegal is a country in West Africa with and area of 196,700 km² and a population of 11.6 million. It is a politically stable country, with a pluralist, presidential system. Though Senegal is one of the worlds’s least developed countries, with 54% of the population living below the poverty line, the main macroeconomic indicators point to generally healthy economy. The government’s efforts to reduce poverty are allied to a wider growth strategy, aimed at achieving an annual growth rate of at least 7%.
The Country Strategy Paper for Senegal (2008-2013) presents the strategic framework for cooperation between the European Commission (EC) and Senegal under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). EC assistance will concentrate mainly on regional trade and integration, reconstruction and infrastructure as well as budget support for poverty reduction measures. EC assistance is aiming to develop regional trade through improving transport infrastructure at national and regional level. Likewise it is promoting employment opportunities for illegal migrants in the context of the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) as well as good governance. In addition, EC interventions will help to improve the supply of clean drinking water and provide policy support in the sanitation sector.
Additional aid will be granted for projects to support private initiative, capacity building and technical co-operation.
The multi-annual indicative programme for Senegal under the 10th EDF allocates €297.8 million to these priorities.
All EC projects in Senegal also address cross-cutting issues such as gender and the environment.
The support for good governance is an ambitious programme, targeted at the reform of courts and the judiciary, and computerisation to reduce delays and foster openness as well as economic governance, e.g. support for the National Assembly Finance Commission, the national audit body, land registry services, the national statistics agency, the Ministry of Finance and Economy (computerisation) and non-state actors.
The upgrading of the Ziguinchor–Cap Skiring–Kabrousse highway benefited businesses and individuals in the Casamance region and more particularly boosted agriculture, trade and tourism. Improved connections between Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and Gambia will stimulate regional integration.
Support will also be provided for the organisation of the Dakar Biennale and for the country’s bird flu action plan.
For further details on projects and programmes in Senegal financed by the European Development Fund and the general budget of the EU, please visit the project's section of the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Senegal.
Other sources of information
More information on EU relations with Senegal is available on the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Senegal, which is responsible for co-operation activities in the country.