SDSN Sahel

Hosted by:
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop
    Dakar, Senegal

Across the region, SDSN Sahel is working to raise awareness and promote solutions for the SDGs.

Data for Now in Senegal

Data for Now is an initiative to ensure that there is more accurate, timely, and comprehensive data to make the SDGs an actionable framework that can drive policies and programs in real time for all people. SDSN Sahel implements this project in partnership with the SDSN Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS), the World Bank, the United Nations Statistics Division, and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. In November 2019, representatives from each project country convened in Rwanda to discuss priority data needs; specifically, the kinds of timely (even real-time) data required to effectively track sustainable development. For Senegal, the lack of urban data from the cadastral sector is a challenge to development. The involvement of communities and local authorities is of paramount importance in order to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. In addition, it contributes to the consistency of national and local plans. To this end, the use of municipal data by development actors is an absolute necessity. The general objective of this multi-stakeholder project is to highlight the relevance of using data at the local level but also to engage all stakeholders in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs.

SDG Awareness

In order to engage and include citizen’s voices into the development debate in Senegal, SDSN Sahel and its partners the ONE Campaign and the Gorée Institute organised a university tour across four campuses. The purpose was to promote and raise awareness of the SDGs in Senegal and to encourage youth to get involved in the key issues pertaining to the country’s development. These key issues include poverty eradication, the demographic dividend, gender equality, girls’ education, agriculture, transparency, and accountability.

New Governance Structure

SDSN Sahel has established a new Leadership Council. The ten members represent academia, civil society, and government, and include high-profile figures such as:

  • Michel Sidibé, Minister of Health of Mali and former Executive Director of UNAIDS;
  • Keïta Aïda M’Bo, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Mali;
  • Ngoné Ndoye, Former Minister of the diaspora of Senegal;
  • Dr. Djibril Diallo, President of the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network

Looking Ahead

SDSN Sahel will look to establish new partnerships through its Leadership Council, including documenting good practices in implementation, advocating for multi-source financing, and raising awareness of local actors in the Sahel region. In addition, the network is putting in place a fundraising strategy based on advocacy and domestic resource mobilization to finance innovative projects on data.

Université Cheikh Anta Diop is the oldest and largest Francophone university in Africa. It was founded in 1957 as the University of Dakar. The name was changed to Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar in 1987 in honor of the leading Senegalese scholar, politician, and proponent of African unity who died the previous year. Today, the university is one of the leading educational institutions on the continent and includes six colleges and numerous institutes and specialized programs, with over 60,000 students from around the world.