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Key cross-sectoral policies

Plan Senegal Emergent

National Strategy for Sustainable Development

Key thematic and sectoral action areas in 2017:

Green jobs

Waste management

Green industry

Sustainable use of funds from oil and gas

Capacity building on waste management and entrepreneurship

PAGE's support to Senegal  contributes to the achievement of the following SDGs:

Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Sustainable Development Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals


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:

  1. Providing evidence-based advice on green economy transition and economic growth
  2. Catalyzing progress towards the green jobs strategy through partnerships and sectoral programmes
  3. Developing the skills and institutional capacity to deliver social protection and sustainable development

Progress in 2017: A Snapshot

Strategizing for Sustainability

Since 2015, PAGE has been working with the government of Senegal on their Green Economy Strategic Guidance Document.

This is a document demonstrates:

  • the benefits of inclusive green economy for Senegal
  • outlines actions that support a green economy transition
  • gives recommended actions for integrating green economy into the national development planning.

The Action Plan for this Guidance Document will be updated in 2018 with inputs from a recent position paper.

Green Job Opportunities

PAGE is collaborating with the Directorate of Employment on the integration of the National Strategy on green jobs in the National Employment Plan (NEP). In 2017, PAGE has:

  • supported the finalisation of the national strategy on green jobs
  • supported capacity building for entrepreneurship, particularly around the development of prototypes of solar-powered tricycles
  • developed a manual on green entrepreneurship to assist with the training of trainers on Start and Improve your Business (SIYB).

Green economy learning

PAGE continues to support institutional capacity development of waste management and recycling cooperatives.

Training on waste management was delivered by the ITC ILO in Turin, with 5 participants from Senegal attending with PAGE support.

Sustainable funds from oil and gas

PAGE has been collecting experiences and lessons learned form other countries to assist the government on the management of oil funds to

  • finance sustainable development objectives: and
  • address the potential environmental and social risks associated with oil and gas development.

A study on ‘Funds and mechanisms for the management of oil and gas revenues to support sustainable development: Insights from country experiences and lessons for Senegal’ is under preparation.

How does PAGE's work in Senegal meet its objectives?


Outcome 1: National policymaking

Support for the implementation of a five year priority action plan (2014-2018) of the Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE) continued in 2017. 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 upgrade of an action plan for the Strategic Guidance Document on Green Economy for Senegal.

Also in 2017, PAGE has advanced efforts to establish a National Platform on green economy to institutionalize the outcomes of the Green Economy week held on 3-5 May 2016. The week provided a national forum involving more than 70 representatives from government, members of parliament, the economic, social and environmental council as well as civil society and academic institutions. 

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

At the sectoral and thematic level PAGE has identified four main areas of action (i) entrepreneurship development for job creation and self-employment; (ii) waste management; (iii) energy efficiency and local material development for social housing and construction industry; and (iv) greening industry.

Activities in 2017 consisted in advancing work in these areas in partnerships with other programmes, making PAGE a convening and catalysing platform for green economy initiatives in Senegal. For example, PAGE has provided capacity building for waste management cooperatives, furthered national dialogue around green industry, initiated knowledge sharing experiences of other countries around the sustainable used of funds from oil and gas, held consultations and provided technical input into Senegals national strategy on green jobs and supported the finalisation of training resources on green entrepreneurship.

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

In 2017, PAGE carried out institutional capacity development of waste management and recycling cooperatives aligned with the National Programme on Energy Efficiencyand Use of Local Material for Sustainable Construction and the National programme on waste management and in support of green entrepreneurship aligned with the programme of support to the creation of green jobs.

A training of trainers on green entrepreneurship for Burkina Faso and Senegal was also held in 2017.

Outcome 4: Knowledge sharing 

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.

SDGs and Paris Agreement Articles

In Senegal, PAGE is contributing towards the achievement of four SDGs (8, 9 12, and 17) through harnessing partnerships and green economy learning, promoting green economy and trade, and providing support on modelling.

Senegal is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The graphic above shows the interaction and interdependence between the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement articles that PAGE supports in a given country. The degree of interrelatedness is expressed by proximity of the SDGs/articles to each other.