Pathways to Gender-Inclusive Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Sectoral Analysis – Senegal Report

November 27, 2023
By The Pathways Study Steering Committee: Euromonitor International; International Cooperative Research Group, research and learning arm of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council; United States Agency for International Development; Mastercard Foundation; International Development Research Centre; United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women; and the African Trade Policy Centre, specialised unit within the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

The multi-partner, “Pathways to Gender-Inclusive Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Sectoral Analysis” study encompasses 13 countries including: Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Through a combination of primary and secondary research, the study identifies the growing economic sectors in each country that hold the most promising and lucrative opportunities for women, especially young women. The study also reviews the cultural norms, policies, legal provisions, skillsets, and other factors that can support women’s success in the workforce and as entrepreneurs in those growing sectors, including the positive potential role for cooperatives.

Senegal has several plans and initiatives that include a focus on women (e.g., Plan for an Emerging Senegal [PES] targeting women entrepreneurs). Given high levels of informal work, improved female labour force participation/outcomes is crucial for the inclusive economic transformation envisioned in Agenda 2030. Social protection for and increased productivity of informal businesses/workers are also key.

The Senegal country report covers the Agriculture (Horticulture, Agro-processing), and Microenterprises (Street Restaurants and Food Vendors, Artisanal Handicrafts and Souvenirs) sectors, including sector-specific key findings and proposed policy and programmatic recommendations.

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