CRS in Senegal
Despite a stable democracy, a growing economy and a warm culture, which prides itself for its hospitality, Senegal continues to face major challenges toward sustainable growth and development. Those issues include immense unemployment, poor infrastructure, longstanding underinvestment, an inhibiting policy environment, a simmering separatist movement, and a population whose livelihoods are heavily affected by international food prices, droughts and a lack of resiliency. Low levels of education, gender inequality, poor governance, inconsistent agricultural production, aggressive desertification, and the persistence of preventable diseases and malnutrition compromise the country's ability to meet its basic needs, and further contribute to the susceptibility of Senegal's most vulnerable populations.
People Served: 1,742,706 (FY 2014: 507,069 direct; 1,235,637 indirect)
Population: 14.13 million (2013)
Size: 75,955 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than South Dakota
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Country News and Stories
August 25, 2015
Senegal: Environmental Protection Meets Peacebuilding
Every evening, Toumboul Sané leads a group of volunteers who patrol more than 1,200 acres of forest in Senegal's Casamance region. By standing guard, they are protecting trees—one of the region's most valuable resources...
August 10, 2015
Bees Sweeten Village Relationships
Hundreds of angry bees swarm over the veiled face of Jean-Louis Mendy as he inspects several beehives in Niaguis village, in the Casamance region of Senegal. Not long ago, it might have been members of neighboring...