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Last updated: June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020

Senegal has made considerable efforts to improve its education system, which have led to some increases in primary school enrollment and strategies to improve quality. However, it still faces challenges in improving student performance. In response, the Ministère de l’Education nationale (MEN), or the Ministry of National Education, has made reading one of its priorities for boosting learning outcomes.

April 9, 2019

USAID is helping the Government of Senegal (GoS) meet its own development targets to decentralize management and fiscal authority by delegating decision-making to regional and local governments, improve transparency and accountability at the national level, and consolidate and improve the quality of democracy in Senegal. Since 2012, USAID has supported GOS commitments to strengthen the independence of key political institutions, improve service delivery and accountability, and protect human rights.

April 9, 2019

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working to increase inclusive economic growth by boosting growth in the agriculture and fisheries sectors, increasing private sector trade and investment, bolstering the resilience of communities, supporting Senegal’s power sector, and improving the nutritional status of the Senegalese people, especially women and children.

March 9, 2019

Despite progress in increasing educational access for many of Senegal’s children, there are still significant challenges in offering a quality education. National data sets since 2010 have shown that most children in the first three grades of school are not learning to read at grade level. Failing to learn to read is known to be a driver of low academic achievement as well as the decision to leave school. In the conflict affected regions of southern Senegal, children’s access to, and retention in, lower secondary education is very low. Low quality and inequitable service delivery have left youth lacking in opportunity and essential life skills. In partnership with the Ministry of Education, USAID is empowering the children of Senegal with the foundational skills they will need to later participate in the country’s political and economic systems.

March 9, 2019

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) works to improve the health status of Senegal’s women, children, and other vulnerable populations by making strategic investments that increase access to high quality health services and products, foster the commitment of individuals and communities in the management of their own health and health services, and strengthen the performance of the health system.  

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