In 2000, Senegal like other developing countries, committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. This commitment has enabled the country to put greater emphasis on some development issues, including the fight against poverty. To date, significant achievements have been made towards some of the current MDGs, particularly in the area of education and health. Despite these development efforts, the success of the MDGs remains mixed and several targets will not be reached before the 2015 target date. One of the key development challenges that the country faces is the creation of decent jobs, especially for young people, in a context where economic growth is slow compared to population growth. There is a hope for these challenges to be overcome with the post 2015 development agenda. To this end, a data revolution was launched to better track progress. In terms of data collection, it is widely recognized that major efforts have been made in Senegal, in the past two decades to improve the financial, human, technical and institutional capacities of the national statistical office: Agence Nationale de la Statistique et de la Démographie (ANSD). Yet, data availability and accessibility remain a challenge especially with the need to address more development indicators throughout the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR) is coordinating the Senegal country study of the Post-2015 Data Test. Over the course of the research project, IPAR will examine the challenges and opportunities for applying and measuring progress within a post-2015 framework that should be universal but also country relevant in terms of goals, targets and indicators. Thus, IPAR will closely work with various stakeholders at the country level, including policy makers, development and financial partners, civil society organizations, academics, private sector, ANSD and other government agencies responsible for the collection, analysis and dissemination of data.
Senegal Workshop in Dakar, Senegal on March 4th, 2014.