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.

Explore what we do in Senegal

Volunteer helps create TV advert on domestic violence against men

Senegal

International Citizen Service

Y Care International volunteers set off for Junior 7 Summit in Japan

Senegal

The volunteers will at J7 summit to share their views on creating a better planet for future generations. Photo: @PatStillman18 Twitter

International Citizen Service

Y Care International volunteer wins photo and video competition

Senegal

ICS volunteers are encouraged to capture their experiences and enter the competition for a chance at winning work experience with a professional photographer.

International Citizen Service

Student gains valuable medical experience volunteering in Sénégal

Senegal

International Citizen Service

action/2015 update: An evening with Bill Gates

Senegal, UK & Ireland

Nimisha Vara (far right) with the rest of the action/2015 campaign team at the Bill Gate Q&A hosted by Global Citizen.

International Citizen Service

ICS volunteer hosts ‘African Development Forum’ at SOAS

Senegal, UK & Ireland

African Social Enterprise: Development From Within, Photo: SOAS

International Citizen Service

Guardian development blog: Senegal’s secret civil conflict

Senegal

Young graduates from Senegal YMCA’s technical training in fishing and agriculture receive funds to support their small businesses. Photo: Rehana Merali/YCI

Enterprise & Employability

Change our world by volunteering overseas

Bangladesh, Guatemala, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, UK & Ireland

In Sierra Leone, we support the YMCA transform the lives of young people from slum communities. You can apply to volunteer for a project like this today. Photo: Nile Sprague

International Citizen Service

International Day of Peace 2012: Senegal

Senegal

Therese, 13, tending to her vegetables. In Mpack, the YMCA has built a new school and community centre with a garden where people can grow their own food.

Health and wellbeing

Fighting the food crisis in Senegal

Senegal

Y Care International raised over £350,000 to support communities during the East Africa drought in 2011.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Peer to peer health project launches for 30,000 young people

Liberia, Madagascar, Senegal, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Health and wellbeing

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