While Senegal’s government has made progress in reducing poverty, it remains widespread. Rates of malnutrition are high in the north and east, and diseases caused by poor access to services like clean water are common throughout the country.
Young people in Senegal
With an average age of 18, Senegal’s population is particularly youthful. Yet despite this – and although the government has worked hard to improve life for young people – Senegal is one of the worst performers on the Youth Development Index.
This has led many young people to try to leave the country in the hope of finding a better future elsewhere.
Our work in Senegal
By supporting young people to gain the skills and confidence they need to secure decent jobs, we provide them with a viable alternative to migration.
We work with Senegal YMCA to reach some of the country’s most vulnerable young people, including those who were affected by the prolonged conflict in the Casamance region. Read more about this work in The Guardian
Senegal is also one of the placement countries for the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme. This brings together Senegalese and UK volunteers who work side by side to deliver locally appropriate solutions to poverty.