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?
Support for the implementation of a five year priority action plan (2014-2018) of the Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE) continued in 2016. PAGE is specifically supporting the action plan for pillar 1 on Structural Transformation of the Economy and Growth and pillar 2 around Human Capital, Social Protection and Sustainable Development. In this direction, PAGE supported the government in the preparation of an action plan for the Strategic Guidance Document on Green Economy for Senegal.
In addition, a three day Green Economy Academy was held which sought to review the state of knowledge, research and analytical gaps and ways to improve training and human capacity for a successful transition to a green economy. A national platform was also established during this forum with the aim to integrate green economy learning content in their research and academic programmes.
A position paper for the Strategic Guidance Document has also been completed.
In support of sectoral and thematic reforms, a national strategy for green jobs, produced in 2015, has been used to pave the way towards implementation in 2016 and a feasibility study for the establishment of a pilot green economy incubator was completed, which will be used to stimulate green entrepreneurship and private sector development and green jobs.
PAGE has also been supporting the development of technical norms and standards on sustainable construction materials and energy efficiency and national waste management programme (PNGD) and the energy efficiency project (Typha). A review of tax measures to promote IGE is under preparation.
Two priority areas for the national government’s Plan Senegal Emergent – waste management and recycling define the focus of PAGE support for 2016.
Green Economy Academies represent an important tool for PAGE countries, as it gives policymakers, stakeholders and interested parties an opportunity to learn from one another and develop strategies to coordinate their activities for greater impact. Senegal held its first Green Economy Academy in May 2016 which saw the participation of 70 representatives from policy, research and analysis institutions.
The two major outcomes of the Academy were the establishment of a platform for green economy learning and an agreement to work collaboratively to formulate a national strategy on green economy.
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.