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Senegal is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa and has considerably strengthened its democratic institutions since gaining independence in 1960.

Senegal has the 4th largest economy in the West African sub-region after Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Senegal is nevertheless classified as a least-developed country and despite recent positive growth rates, poverty remains prevalent in the country (affecting nearly half the population).

An unfavourable investment climate, costly energy, a poor education system and weak governance systems have prevented the private sector from achieving its full potential to adequately stimulate the economy.

Our priorities

Relations between Senegal and the EU are excellent and dynamic, based on political dialogue, trade and development cooperation. Our strategic objectives are aligned with the Senegalese Government’s and include:

  • strengthening Senegal’s democratic governance

  • fostering sustainable agricultural development and food security

  • enhancing access to water and sanitation

The EU Energy Facility also promotes access to safe and clean energy.

Our programmes

The 11th European Development Fund (EDF) National Indicative Programme (NIP) allocated €347 million for the 2014-2020 funding period. The 3 priority sectors are:

Democratic governance (€20 million) – key to ensuring the strengthening of the rule of law as well as consolidating political stability, justice and security.

Sustainable agricultural development and food security (€115 million) – contributes to an enhanced prevention and response to food security crises, support sustainable agriculture production as well as access to food for the most vulnerable.

Access to water and sanitation (€60 million) – aims to enhance the living conditions of the most vulnerable through improved access to water and sanitation.

Senegal is one of the major beneficiaries of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa.