Senegal: Hundreds of thousands gain water and electricity access through rural development initiative

Aug 22, 2017

Over the past two years more than 550,000 people living in Senegal have gained better access to basic services including water and infrastructure as part of a pioneer initiative aimed at rapidly improving the lives of rural and other disadvantaged communities.

Through the USD 206 million Emergency Community Development Programme (PUDC) launched in 2015 by the Government of Senegal, 425 kilometers out of 692 kilometers of road constructed, opening up and easing movement for about 210,000 people in 491 villages.

264 villages have been connected to electricity and other clean energy sources, 467 villages have access to drinking water, and 24 million doses of livestock vaccines delivered.

In addition, 5,500 women have received agricultural and post-harvest equipment to increase productivity and boost their incomes. The programme is also working on promoting value chains, among other economic activities.

‘The aim of the programme is to transform people’s lives, to create hope and to encourage the involvement of local actors in economic and social development. It also advocates a structural transformation of the Senegalese economy”, said Bintou Djibo, the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Resident Representative in Senegal.

The PUDC is part of the government’s Plan for an Emerging Senegal (PES) to become an emerging market economy by 2035, and is implemented by UNDP.

The programme is focused on reducing poverty and social inequality, while protecting the environment and improving people’s ability to manage risks so that they do not fall back into poverty.

Programme activities are structured around four interlinked components: Infrastructure and basic socio-economic equipment; rural people and agricultural productivity; strengthened institutional capacity at local level; and establishment of a geo-referenced information system.

The PUDC contributes directly to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the principle of leaving noone behind, while also emphasizing the role of domestic resources for development.

To share the PUDC as a model of success with profound impact on community development, representatives of 21 African countries together with bilateral and multilateral partners, parliamentarians, media, academia, private sector, civil society and local beneficiaries met in Dakar, Senegal in March for the Africa Regional Meeting to review PUDC achievements. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Mahammed Dionne.

In his opening address UNDP Africa Director Abdoulaye Mar Dieye noted that the PUDC “is a perfect vector for promoting, accelerating and securing sustainable and inclusive development, a pledge of social peace.”

In 2016, Togo and UNDP also agreed on a US$ 258 million PUDC initiative.


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