Postcolonial architecture in Dakar, Senegal

Core area “Peaceful and inclusive societies” Modernising administration, implementing reforms more effectively

The Senegalese government has launched a reform and investment programme and set the goal for Senegal to become an emerging economy by 2035. The BMZ is supporting the Senegalese government in these efforts. However, the administration is not yet strong enough to successfully implement the reforms and deliver the policies needed to foster economic development.

There is a shortage of competences, experts and financial resources; the administrative procedures are cumbersome and not transparent and people do not have enough opportunities to participate. The larger political development goals are not sufficiently dovetailed with the specific needs of the private sector.

The BMZ supports the Senegalese government in its efforts to modernise the administration, manage processes more successfully, provide sufficient budget funds for reform projects and strengthen public accountability. Measures are taken for instance, to simplify administrative procedures and upskill employees in public services. In addition, various ministries are benefiting from advisory services that help them make their policies more results-oriented and more coherent.

Labour legislation

To promote sustainable economic development and improve the living and working conditions of the people in Senegal, reforms also need to be undertaken as regards labour law and labour administration. That is why the BMZ supports its partner government in its efforts to revise the labour code, improve labour inspection and establish social protection systems for employees in the informal sector.

Land rights

A farmer cultivates his field in Ndederling, Senegal.

A farmer cultivates his field in Ndederling, Senegal.

A farmer cultivates his field in Ndederling, Senegal.

There is hardly any documentation on landownership in Senegal. The only land use rights people typically have are those granted by local or traditional institutions. This is a constant source of conflict between the different land users. The lack of legal certainty also means that there is too little investment from the private sector and that too few jobs are created for the country’s growing population.

Germany is supporting Senegal in its efforts to improve the legal framework to protect land rights. The local population is actively involved in drawing up land registries and land use plans and setting up complaints mechanisms. Special attention is given to the interests and needs of disadvantaged groups (for instance women, young people and nomadic herders). Support is also provided for the development of a digital land register.

As at: 22/06/2023